Communities near N.J. river brace for flooding expected to last through Wednesday

Communities along the Millstone River in Central New Jersey were preparing for flooding from Tropical Storm Henri that the National Weather Service said will continue through mid-week.

Flooding from the rising river is affecting Griggstown, Blackwells Mills and Millstone in Franklin Township, Somerset County, according to the National Weather Service.

News12 reported the river had also flooded roadways in West Windsor Township in Mercer County. The Millstone River, nearly 40 miles long, is a tributary of the Raritan River.

The weather service said the river flooded the D&R Canal, Washington Street and several businesses in Blackwells Mills, Franklin Township, according to the weather service and local police.

The river level as of 3:15 a.m. Monday was at 13.5 feet, which is several feet above the flood stage, the weather service said in a warning.

“Moderate flooding is occurring and is forecast to continue,” the weather service said, adding the river is not expected to fall below flood stages until Wednesday.

Somerset County officials said several roads were closed due to flooding but there were no mandatory evacuations or reports of serious damages to homes. Several businesses were flooded, however, and several roads remain closed.

See more photos from Millstone River below.

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Henri cause the Millstone River to flood its banks onto Millstone River Road. Millstone. Aug. 23, 2021Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Flood warnings persisted in other parts of New Jersey on Monday as rain continued during the morning.

In Bergen County, flood warnings are in effect until Tuesday morning for the Ramapo River near Mahwah and Saddle River in Lodi.

The weather service said flooding has occurred along Routes 202 and 17 and that residents should expect water in their yards. The river last crested to 8.9 feet in November 1995, the weather service reported.

Flooding is also expected until late Monday near Lodi as the Saddle River rose slightly above its flood stage of 6 feet. The weather service said minor flooding has occurred along Vreeland Street and Hamilton Avenue in Lodi, along with other locations.

Flooded basketball court in Saddle River County Park

A flooded basketball court in the Rochelle Park area of the Saddle River County park.

In Hunterdon County, the Neshanic River at Reaville remains at flood levels, the weather service said. Flooding in the Reaville area was expected to continue during the day on Monday.

The weather service also reported flooding from the Raritan River in Somerset and Middlesex Counties.

Flooding from the Pompton River in Pompton Plains was causing minor flooding in Morris and Passiac Counties until late Monday, the weather service said.

Affected areas include homes on Pequannock Avenue along the river between Madison and Shady Streets. Businesses along Route 23 North should also expect flooding, the weather service said.

Flood warnings have also been issued for Warren County until 4 p.m. Monday, where minor flooding could occur in Blairstown.

In some communities in south-central Middlesex County, flooding from the Manalapan Brook is expected before the brook returns to normal levels Monday night, the weather service said.

A flood warning has been issued for the Rockaway River at Boonton Below Reservoir until Tuesday afternoon. Minor flooding is expected to occur on Vail Road in Montville and roads headed into Parsippany are subject to closure.

The Whippany River in the Morristown area has flooded and is expected to continue throughout the day. Locations that may experience flooding include Morristown, East Hanover, Morris Plains and Hanover Township.

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Henri cause the Millstone River to flood its banks

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Henri cause the Millstone River to flood its banks onto Millstone River Road. Millstone. Aug. 23, 2021Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Henri cause the Millstone River to flood its banks

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Henri cause the Millstone River to flood its banks onto Millstone River Road. Millstone. Aug. 23, 2021Andre Malok | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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