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Heavy rain prompts flooding, evacuations and rescues in parts of New Jersey and New York

NEW JERSEY (WABC) – Flooding after an overnight heavy rain in the tri-state area prompted rescues and evacuations in a number of communities.

On Friday, the National Weather Service issued flood warnings for several areas of the three states, including Hudson, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Passaic, Middlesex, Warren and Somerset counties in the New Jersey and Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Sullivan. New York counties.

Residents were being evacuated Friday morning to New Milford in Bergen County, where the Hackensack River crested.

About 14 people had to be rescued from their homes by the police.

Firefighters estimate that 100 residents live in the area, a known flooding location.

As bad as it looks today, they say they’ve seen much worse. It was the same area affected by Hurricane Ida in September 2021.

Yet Derick Waller of Eyewitness News spoke by phone with a resident whose house was surrounded by water and said he didn’t expect the river to rise so quickly.

High tide is around 2 p.m. Friday, so they expect more flooding later.

Firefighters say there is also flooding in Oradell, north of New Milford.

According to NJ Transit, “The access roads to our Oradell bus garage were flooded, preventing buses from starting their routes. We used buses from other garages to cover as many routes as possible.”

NJ Transit bus service on routes 155, 157, 158, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168 and 177 has been delayed until further notice.

And in Lodi, police reported localized flooding on Main Street between Union Street and Kennedy Drive and near the Passaic Avenue Bridge.

Heavy rain caused the Passaic River to overflow Thursday night, flooding the parking lot of a Hawthorne restaurant and prompting evacuations.

About 300 diners at the Bottagra restaurant on Wagaraw Road were trapped by rapidly rising waters just after 10 p.m. and helped by rescuers.

“You’re talking about two feet of water height,” said Gino Baglieri, a worker at the restaurant.

“It’s very scary. People are slipping, slipping. People are getting hurt,” he said.

In nearby Paterson, firefighters have been busy with the Passaic River flooding, including helping workers trapped in a building at 85 5th Avenue.

Flooding was also reported north of the New Jersey state line in New York, where a driver was rescued from a stuck car at South Pascack Road and Grotke Road.

Ramapo Police tweeted a photo.

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