March 30, 2014 at 6:53 AM
GREEN BROOK, NJ -- The National Weather Service has declared a “Flood Watch” for a large portion of New Jersey, including eastern Somerset County. Residents of Green Brook and North Plainfield who live near creeks and brooks that regularly overflow their banks should be aware it may happen today.
If you are traveling to the western part of Somerset County be ready for road closures. Somerset County has closed the Griggstown Causeway, Blackwells Mills Causeway and parts of South Middlebush Road in the Montgomery/ Hillsborough area.
UPDATE: As of 8:00 a.m. on 3/30/2014 South Middlebush Road has opened.
Here is the message from the NOAA:
A complex and slow moving storm system will continue to affect the area through late tonight. Widespread rainfall of 1 to 3 inches fell yesterday while another inch or so is possible today with more heavy rain moving in this afternoon. These periods of excessive rainfalls may create areas of poor drainage flooding...flooding in urban areas and flooding of small creeks and streams. The flooding will continue for several hours after the rains have ended. [...]
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Flood dangers are more difficult to observe at night. Be especially alert when driving...since water crossing the roadways may not be seen until you are already in it. Drive at a slower speed during heavy rains. Do not cross roads where water is flowing across it...since the water may have washed the road away. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.