A State of Emergency was declared in Hunterdon County and throughout New Jersey on Friday by Gov. Phil Murphy as heavy rains inundated the Garden State, leading to severe flooding.
The City of Lambertville and neighboring Bucks County reported no significant issues.
The Lambertville Fire Department did assist with the rescue of an individual from the floodwaters in Raritan Township.
“Throughout the state, especially in the north and central regions, we are experiencing heavy rainfalls resulting in hazardous conditions,” stated Governor Murphy in a press briefing. “The rainfall is expected to intensify in various parts of the state over the ensuing hours. Given the significant amount of rain we’ve already seen this week, flooding remains a major concern. I urge all residents to stay off the roads, remain vigilant, and adhere strictly to safety guidelines.”
State offices were shut down at 3 p.m.
The governor also appealed to the business community, encouraging them to close their establishments early to ensure the safety of both employees and patrons.
Parts of New York City area and New Jersey saw serious flooding after several inches of rain fell since Thursday night.
Forecasters said the rain will continue through late Friday night and there’s a possibility of scattered showers persisting into Saturday.