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Posted on: October 25, 2021


Turn around, don't drown over water

From the National Weather Service

Rain, heavy at times, is expected to begin late this evening and continue through much, if not all, of the day on Tuesday. Widespread rain totals of 2 to 4 inches are likely within the watch area, with locally higher amounts possible. Flash flooding of creeks, streams, urban areas, and areas of poor drainage is possible with the heaviest rain.


  • DO NOT drive onto a flooded roadway
  • DO NOT go around barriers
  • DO NOT drive through flowing water. If you approach a roadway that is flooded, TURN AROUND - DON'T DROWN. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into floodwaters.
  • Drive with extreme caution if roads are even just wet or it is raining. You can lose control of your vehicle if hydroplaning occurs, which is when a layer of water builds up between your tires and the road, causing there to be no direct contact between your vehicle and the road. 
  • Be cautious of broken or leaking gas lines, flooded electrical circuits, submerged furnaces or electrical appliances, and flammable or explosive materials coming from upstream.
  • Before floodwaters crest, turn off the main power switch if you think the electrical circuits are going to be underwater. NEVER TOUCH THE SWITCH WHILE YOU ARE WET OR STANDING IN WATER. Do not turn the electrical system back on until it has been inspected by an electrician.
  • Know what a river height forecast means for your property especially how far your property is above or below expected flood levels.
  • Know where to go in case of flooding. Remember that you must seek higher ground as quickly as possible, on foot if necessary.

JCP&L Customers- To report an outage call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), text or report it online
PSE&G Customers- To report an outage call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734), text "OUT" to 4PSEG (47734) or report it online 

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