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Hard rain in North Jersey shouldn’t lead to heavy floods

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WEATHER UPDATE: Despite the heavy soak, predictions are that North Jersey shouldn’t see severe flooding this week, although power outtages are a distinct possibility, thanks to the winds whipped up by the weekend “sou’easter.”

Then again, areas of New York State, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland are getting up to 18 inches of snow through Tuesday.

Making matters worse, the warm March brought early foliage: Branches and trees will come down, taking power lines with them.

In North Jersey, the Saddle River in Lodi is expected to crest tomorrow morning at 5 feet — a foot below flood stage. It will quickly recede after that, according to the National Weather service.

Another area to watch is the Ramapo River at Mahwah. The weather service says it should crest 8 inches below flood stage tomorrow afternoon before receding. It should be a good 2 feet short of flood stage in Pompton Lakes.

The good news is even more clear-cut elsewhere:

The Passaic River in Little Falls, for instance, is expected to crest a bit over 4 feet (flood stage is seven). Even the troublesome Pompton River is expected to fall nearly 5 feet short of its 16-foot flood stage by tomorrow night before receding.

The Hackensack River, meanwhile, looks fine in both New Milford and River Vale. Same for the Pascack River in Westwood.

The Woodcliff Lake reservoir exceeded 90 feet, five below flood stage, at 10 o’clock tonight, according to the USGS. At the same time, the Oradell reservoir pushed toward 19 1/2 feet (flood stage is a little more than an inch over 23 feet).

That doesn’t mean we don’t have trouble: More than 3 inches of rain that began Saturday night will make for drenched roads and driving headaches.

A flood watch also remains in effect.

The storm, which began in the Gulf of Mexico, is hooking west into upstate New York instead of riding up our coast, bringing strong southeast winds. Thus: “sou’easter.”






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