Burlington County declares emergency after severe rain and flooding

With more severe weather is expected in the late afternoon today, the county is encouraging residents to keep safety in mind while traveling.

Due to the severe rain and flooding that took place in Burlington County throughout the night, the Burlington County Office of Emergency Management has announced a Declaration of Emergency.

According to the county, reports of flooding came in from Pemberton Township, Pemberton Borough, Southampton Township, Lumberton Township, Medford Township, Mt. Laurel Township, Burlington City and Mt. Holly.

The Burlington County OEM will continue to monitor areas prone to flooding.

As of this morning, county officials say the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection had completed preliminary inspections on affected dams in the county and found each dam is operating as designed, with no failures detected so far.

With more severe weather is expected in the late afternoon today, the county is encouraging residents to keep safety in mind while traveling.

Residents are asked toavoid driving on water-covered roadways, as water levels can be deceptively deep. Water vehicle rescues are dangerous and can be avoided with vigilance.

Deputy Director Balvir Singh  Singh and Director Tom Pullion were on site with County OEM early this morning, and Pullion was one of several officials to contacted Gov. Murphy requesting that a state of emergency be declared for Burlington County.

Gov. Murphy later declared a state of emergency for Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties.

Residents are also advised that the next high tide will be at 5:49 p.m. on the Delaware River and at 7:46 p.m. on the Rancocas Creek.

The National Weather Service provided periodic updates on weather conditions and flooding and should be monitored. The county page of Facebook will also have updates on all matters, including road closures.