passaic-1.jpgThe torrential rains which began Friday and continued through the weekend has caused river levels to rise to critical flooding stages. The NWS said these rivers – Ramapo, Passaic, Pequannock, Pompton, Rockaway and Wanaque – were threatening to flow over their banks. Evacuation of residents in many areas was in progress, continuing from Sunday.
Those driving were advised not to attempt passing through areas of flooding as these may be deeper than they look.
The Passaic River, at Millington, Chatham, Pine Brook and Little Falls, was above flood stage. The flood warnings will be in place until late Tuesday, or possibly later, NWS said.
At Pine Brook, the stage was at 21.1 feet, exceeding the flood stage at 19. Major flooding is occurring and forecast to continue, with the river rising to 21.6 feet by Tuesday morning, the weather service said.
In Little Falls, residents at the west end were being evacuated by firefighters and police, said.
Meanwhile, NJ Transit’s website said this morning that the Montclair train service between MSU and NY Penn Station has been restored. It had been suspended for much of the weekend.
NJT said commuters should expect residual delays. Commuters may want to check this site regularly.
(Thanks to Lydia Zawistowsky for the photo of the Passaic River)

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