Flood Waters Trap Drivers, Damage Homes in South Jersey

SkyForce10 was over Burlington Township and Burlington City, New Jersey Thursday evening where the most severe flooding took place along Route 130.

Thursday's rain led to a mess in parts of Burlington County, New Jersey leaving drivers stranded and homes damaged by flood waters.  

A Flood Warning is in effect for Burlington County, New Jersey until 1:15 a.m. Friday. SkyForce10 was over Burlington Township and Burlington City, New Jersey Thursday evening where the most severe flooding took place along Route 130.

"All this was flooded," said Jacqueline Newman of Burlington City. "A dolphin can swim in this stuff. There was so much water. It was ridiculous how much water was out here and I've been coming over here all my life since a little girl. I've never seen nothing like this."

Several cars were stuck in heavy flood waters. Gas stations, businesses and homes in Burlington were also flooded.

Heavy rain is leading to extensive flooding in South Jersey. SkyForce10 was over Burlington City and Burlington Township Thursday night where the flooding is the most intense.

"A few other cars stopped in back of me and I panicked," said Sheenah Jackson, a Burlington City resident.

Officials say the heavy rain in Burlington was due to a severe storm cell. The Emergency Operations Center opened as police, firefighters, EMS, emergency management and other officials responded to numerous calls for assistance in the city and township.

"A friend of mine lifted my daughter out of the car because that's how intense it was," said Glenda Fox Carpenter. "I just told her to stay in the car and when I got here I had to take my shoes off. Water was up to my knees."

The incidents included stranded motorists inside vehicles that were trapped in flood waters, downed trees and wires, activated fire alarms and flooded basements.

"We checked our basement and we were taking in six inches of rain," said Thomas Swan of Burlington City. "We're still flooded, waiting for the fire department."

Fortunately no deaths or serious injuries were reported.

Officials in Burlington are currently monitoring the tide schedule of the Delaware River. The next high tide is scheduled for 1 a.m. Friday.

"While this weather event is over, the flooding threat still exists with this upcoming high tide," a Burlington City official wrote. "Evacuation plans are being reviewed and coordination efforts are ready in the event evacuations are necessary."

No evacuations of residents in Burlington City and Burlington Township have taken place so far.

Burlington residents are asked to immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency and 609-386-3300 for any non-emergency.

Motorists who see flooded roads are advised to turn around and not attempt to drive in the water. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

A Flood Advisory was also in effect for Berks, Burlington, Camden, Hunterdon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties until 10:45 p.m. Thursday's storms also caused flight delays at Philadelphia International Airport.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was also in effect for Lehigh and Northampton counties until 9:15 p.m.

Rain Leads to Major Flooding in South Jersey

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