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Torrential Rain Floods Roads Around Frelinghuysen Avenue in Newark

By rlsmetro on

Hours of heavy rain on Tuesday morning have flooded roads in a section of Newark' including Frelinghuysen Avenue, forcing firefighters to prepare to perform some water rescues of occupants trapped inside vehicles in Newark. 

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning encompassing Northern NJ areas. The flooding has the potential to be "life-threatening," according to the National Weather Service.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., emergency repsonders were called to the Frelinghuysen Avenue and McClellan Street area after receiving reports of trapped occupants. 

Firefighters and rescue crews found significant flooding on parts of the roads including near Weequahic Park, with cars beginning to submerge. 

Crews were able to rescue occupants from vehicles without serious injuries successfully. At the same time, Newark's Emergency Services Unit placed barricades on streets where the water began to flood the stretch of roadway. 

The National Weather Service said an array of weather hazards are expected across NJ on Tuesday morning.

"Heavy rain and isolated severe thunderstorms may produce flooding and damaging winds across the state. Locally heavy rain and thunderstorms may cause flooding in parts of Northern NJ", the National Weather Service said.