Camden County Prepared for Approaching Heavy Rains

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(Lindenwold, NJ) – The Camden County Department of Public Works (DPW) is closely monitoring a storm system that could bring continued heavy rain and possible flooding to our area beginning Friday afternoon.

“With all the rain that’s come through in the last two weeks, we could see an elevated risk of flooding in areas of poor drainage,” said Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Camden County DWP.  “Areas around streams and creeks are especially a concern, as are roadways that are typically known to flood.”

As a cold front approaching this evening combines with a low pressure system, heavy rainfall is expected beginning early Friday afternoon. That rain is expected to last into Friday night before tapering off Saturday morning, but a few more showers are possible Saturday afternoon. A widespread total of two to three inches of rains is expected, with as much as four inches possible in some localized areas.

Residents are encouraged to drive with caution and avoid low-lying areas where flooding is known to occur, and avoid any downed power lines or tree branches.  At the public works complex in Lindenwold, a fleet of about 100 vehicles stand ready to keep Camden County’s 1,400 lane miles of roadways passable.

“If flooding occurs in our area, never drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway,” Shin Angulo said.  “Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Even after showers have slowed, driving into water that’s too deep could cause a car to stall and create a very dangerous situation for those still in the vehicle.”

In the event that the weather causes isolated power outages, please remember to immediately call your utility company so they can identify the location and coordinate crews to restore your power. Below are numbers and contact info for the power providers in Camden County:

As always, please dail 911 for emergencies only. If you see a problem on a county road, please call our 24-hour hotline at (856) 566-2980 to report it to DPW.