Residents clean up after flooding prompts voluntary evacuations in Delran, New Jersey

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Voluntary evacuations in Delran, New Jersey, amid flooding
Officials say they made three rescues from homes in Delran Tuesday night and 50 homes in the township have been impacted by flooding.

DELRAN, New Jersey (WPVI) -- Tuesday's storm caused flooding across parts of New Jersey and forced some residents to evacuate their homes.

Neighbors are saying this is the worst flooding they've seen since Superstorm Sandy.

While the water appears to have gone down for now along Stewart Avenue in Delran, the street was covered Tuesday night, with officials wading through knee-deep water.

Officials say they made three rescues from homes in Delran Tuesday night and 50 homes in the township have been impacted.

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"Water was 4.5 feet around the house and I got six inches of water damage throughout the entire house -- it's a single floor," said Delran resident Jim Otis.

The area is in very close proximity to the Delaware River and Rancocas Creek.

The Delaware River crested just shy of 12 feet Tuesday night, deeming it in a major flood stage. That broke the last record high recorded in 2021.

Burlington County and Delran officials spoke early Wednesday afternoon about the damage.

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"There are people's lives that are upended by this. We were fortunate last night -- it was kind of warm out but we all know the weather report and the temperature drop. If these homes have to have their gas shut off, these folks are going to have to be moved someplace else," said Burlington County Commissioner, Daniel O'Connell. "The Red Cross is working with us for those who need assistance."

Officials went door-to-door Wednesday afternoon, warning residents about the next high tide.

Many were relieved when Wednesday afternoon's high tide was not as severe as overnight.

A Red Cross staging area is being set up at the Delran fire house on South Bridgeboro Street for anyone who needs help.

This as several thousand people are without power in Burlington County.

PSE&G also had to turn off the gas to homes in this area because of the risk posed by the flood waters.

Township officials told Action News on Wednesday evening crews were in the process of turning the gas back on.