Bordentown already feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy

As of 3:35 p.m., Hurricane Sandy has not hit land, but her 1000 mile wide reach is effecting the East Coast with flooding in many areas (particularly at the Jersey shore), heavy winds, and power outages. New Jersey is in a State of Emergency with people being forced to evacuate towns that are prone to flooding and those who aren’t advised to evacuate are being urged to not leave their homes. The best thing to do in this situation, as Chris Christie put it, is “don’t be stupid.”

Bordentown sits on the Delaware River which is notorious for overflowing during heavy rainfall. Hurricane Irene last year flooded highways and towns along the river and it appears Sandy will have the same, if not worse, effect.

As of 1:00 p.m., the Delaware River has risen 4 feet higher against the levy that keeps it from flooding 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

The following pictures were taken in Bordentown around 2:30 p.m.

Route 295 over the Delaware River

A man tying his boat to the dock at the Bordentown Yacht Club.

Black’s Creek that branches off the Delaware into Bordentown is already flooding.

Video taken of the Delaware River around 2:30 pm at Bordentown Beach.

A side by side comparison of the river from September 29th and today, October 29th.

West Burlington Street that goes from Bordentown to Chesterfield is currently closed so if you must travel, stick to route 130 or you will be turned around.

All stores in Bordentown City are currently closed, including both Boyd’s Pharmacy and Mast Pharmacy as well as all public transportation. If you are in the area, the Wawa on Route 130 off of Dunns Mills Road is open and has plenty of food and water but are out of batteries.

Quick links to hurricane resources

Google crisis map

A surge map that shows what areas are likely to be flooded

PSE&G outage map

National Hurricane Center

Red Cross shelter locator (The nearest shelter to Bordentown is in Florence at The Fountain of Life Center and it is pet friendly)

Again, state officials are stressing that people stay indoors unless they are being told to evacuate. Fema has also compiled a list of other steps and precautions that should be taken during a hurricane. Hurricane Sandy is set to hit Burlington county later this evening.


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