Burlington County Declares State Of Emergency Amid Storms, Floods

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — A state of emergency was issued Friday in Burlington County ahead of a rainstorm that could cause additional flooding.

The Burlington County Office of Emergency Management, which declared the county-wide emergency, encourages residents affected by flooding to voluntarily evacuate if they were impacted by flooding from Tuesday night’s storm.

A temporary shelter from the American Red Cross will remain open Friday at the Delran Firehouse (9 South Bridgeboro St., Delran). The county will open a second, larger shelter if necessary.

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“We’re bracing for more rain, strong winds and potential for more severe flooding,” said County Commissioner Deputy Director Dan O’Connell. “Our emergency management teams and first responders are making preparations, but in the interest of everyone’s safety, we’re asking residents in our previous flood zones to voluntarily evacuate in order to avoid putting lives at risk.”

Residents with questions about whether to evacuate should contact their local emergency-management coordinator. For emergencies, call 911.

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County residents can sign up for emergency alerts and notifications from the Burlington County Department of Public Safety.

The National Weather Service (NWS) expects 0.5 to 1.5 inches of rain in the region, along with 40-50 mph gusts Friday night into Saturday. “Major” flooding is expected in the county along the Delaware River.

“The current forecast supports similar flood impacts to those experienced Tuesday night and Wednesday,” said the NWS’s Philadelphia/Mount Holly office. “This includes potential for extensive inundation of roads and structures. If you live near these areas, prepare now for severe coastal flooding.”

Rain will push in late Friday evening, becoming heaviest around 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., the NWS said. The rain will taper off by Saturday’s sunrise.

Saturday’s high tides will occur around 3:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Normally, this type of storm would induce minor flooding at most, the NWS said. But because of Tuesday night’s rainfall, soils are still saturated while many rivers remain at elevated levels.

Flooding from the storm prompted Cinnaminson officials to make an emergency proclamation on Wednesday.

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