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Heavy Rain, Flooding Expected for Tri-State

Thursday, March 10, 2011

With heavy rain falling in the area, the National Weather service issued flood watches for much of New York and in several New Jersey counties.

A flood watch is in effect from Thursday morning to Friday afternoon for Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties where officials are predicting between two and three inches of rain.

Most of the New Jersey is under a flood watch, and some rivers, including parts of the Passaic, are expected to flood. Spokeswoman Mary Geopfert reminded Garden State residents they may be asked to evacuate before they see water on the ground.

"The reason for that is because the water can come swiftly and rapidly, and we don't want them to be in a situation where they are stuck in their homes or if they're evacuating at night," she said.

According to the National Weather Service, the Passaic River at Little Falls and Pine Brook is experiencing minor flooding. The Rockaway River and Boonton and the Passaic River at Chatham are near the flood stage.

Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency on Wednesday night, which allows him to mobilize National Guard troops, if needed, to support emergency efforts. The order also allows agencies to undertake evacuations.

Parts of New Jersey could see between two and four inches of rain by Saturday. The heaviest is expected tonight into early Friday morning.

With the Associated Press

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