New Jersey State of Emergency Declared For Heavy Rains, Flooding

Governor Murphy declared a State of Emergency after heavy rains Friday morning caused extreme flooding in parts of the state.

“I am declaring a State of Emergency effective at 3:00 p.m,” read a statement posted to the Governor’s Twitter page.  “We are experiencing heavy rainfall that is expected to accelerate in many parts of the state over the next several hours. Residents should stay off the roads, remain alert, and follow all safety protocols.”

The Governor has initiated a closing for state offices beginning at 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. The early dismissal does not include essential employees or emergency personnel.

“Throughout the state, especially in the north and central regions,” said Governor Murphy. “Flooding remains a significant concern due to the heavy rains much of the state already experienced this week.”

The Governor encourages New Jerseyans to visit ready.nj.gov for important weather updates and safety information. Residents should also pay attention to local forecasts, warnings, and watches.

 

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