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New Jersey floodwaters recede

Floodwaters in northern New Jersey slowly retreated on Monday, although the hardest-hit spots are likely to remain inundated through the middle of the week, weather and emergency officials said.
/ Source: Reuters

Floodwaters in northern New Jersey slowly retreated on Monday, although the hardest-hit spots are likely to remain inundated through the middle of the week, weather and emergency officials said.

Major flooding continued along parts of the Passaic River, which crested at Little Falls nearly 5 feet above flood stage late on Saturday.

In Little Falls, river levels are expected to make a "slow but steady decline through the week" to below flood stage by Thursday morning, said Dave Ondrejik, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service Mid-Atlantic River Forecast Center.

He said at Pine Brook, where the Passaic River crested late on Saturday about a foot shy of an all-time record, the river is expected to fall below flood stage by late Thursday or Friday morning.

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Mary Goepfert said as of Monday afternoon, fewer than 10 people remained in temporary shelters.

Nearly 2,000 homes were evacuated during the flooding.

Goepfert said she expected water could linger in the streets until Wednesday.

As the northern New Jersey communities damaged by the swollen rivers and streams recover, another storm system will move through the region on Wednesday, Ondrejik said.

The next rainfall is expected to total a half inch of but should not have a significant impact on receding waters, he said.

Elsewhere in the region, the Susquehanna River and Delaware River have both fallen below flood stage after certain points crested over the weekend.