Murphy declares state of emergency in several North Jersey counties

Eric Walter
August 14, 2018 - 12:35 pm
Governor Phil Murphy

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Tuesday declaring a state of emergency in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic counties for flooding conditions caused by heavier-than-expected rain over the weekend.

The declaration allows for state resources to be applied to communities most directly affected. 

“There is no doubt that parts of our state have received nothing less than historic amounts of rain, and some communities received an entire month’s worth in just a few hours,” Murphy said via a press statement. 

On Saturday and Sunday, several communities received levels of rain between 5 and 8 inches, leading to significant flooding that required many residents to leave their homes and many businesses to close. 

Storm-related debris, including fallen trees and mud, also caused problems for municipalities along the Garden State's waterways.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings indicating that more storms may yet hit already saturated areas, causing further damage. Residents and business owners are advised to avoid flooded areas and to carefully document damage and lost revenue due to flooding. 

More information about preparing for an emergency is available at ready.nj.gov. Weather and safety updates are available on Twitter at @ReadyNJ.