Date: 2021-09-01 21:11:15
Heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved into Central Jersey late Wednesday afternoon, raising the threat of flash flooding and river flooding.
The National Weather Service posted a flood warning until Friday for the Raritan and Millstone rivers in Somerset County.
Bound Brook has announced its flood gates will be closed at 8 a.m. Thursday.
The Raritan River at Manville is expected to crest at 20.8 feet on Thursday evening, six feet above flood stage.
The river at Manville is predicted to crest at 34.1 feet Thursday evening, six feet above flood stage. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the river was at 17.62 feet.
The North Branch of the Raritan River is forecast to crest around dawn Thursday at 14.5 feet at Route 202. Flood stage is 10 feet.
If these forecasts materialize, there will be widespread street flooding in the area.
And depending on where the most rain falls and its intensity, urban flash flooding can be expected.
The axis of the heaviest rain may be northwest of the I-95 corridor.
In addition, the area is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.