Red Cross staging in Burlington County to help storm-impacted residents

Special to The Sun
Burlington County Commissioner Deputy Director Dan O’Connell briefs news media about the impacts of Tuesday’s intense storm and the ensuing flooding in Burlington County, including a hard-hit section of Delran Township.

Assistance is available for Burlington County residents impacted by Tuesday’s storm.

The Burlington County Office of Emergency Management is working with the American Red Cross to stage a short-term shelter and disaster relief center at the Delran Firehouse at 9 South Bridgeboro Street to provide assistance to storm-impacted residents, including those who evacuated due to the floods or loss of utilities.

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Emergency officials said floodwaters remain a concern due to the rising tides and that gusting winds could also cause more power outages and road closures.

Tuesday’s intense storm dropped between 2 to 3 inches of rain across most of Burlington County. That added to already high rivers, streams and water tables causing the Delaware River to crest at a record-breaking 11.99 feet. Unfortunately, this created severe flooding conditions along the Route 130 corridor.

First responders conducted water rescues from multiple homes in Burlington County – three in Delran, three in Cinnaminson and 1 each in Palmyra, Bordentown City and Riverside. All evacuated residents are housed. No sheltering operations were required.

Delran and Cinnaminson were the hardest hit towns. More than 50 homes in each town were impacted by flood predominantly in areas of Alden and Stewart Avenues and River Drive in Delran and the East Riverton section of Cinnaminson.

Beverly also sustained damages to its sewage plant, and firefighters responded to a house fire in the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township on Tuesday night during the storm.

More than 4,000 homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning, mostly in Medford, Willingboro, Pemberton, North Hanover and Southampton.

About 2,000 were still without power Wednesday afternoon.

Several roads in the county are also still closed, including parts of Eayrestown Road (County Route 612) and Creek Road in Lumberton, Route 537 in Springfield, Route 38 west of Pine Street in Mount Holly. The Delanco-Riverside Bridge is also closed due to floodwaters.

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