Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Weekend Drenching Caused Drastic Increases in Local River Heights

A tree succumbed near the bridge at Footbridge Park, one of many in the area. Photo by N. Dunn, 03/2024.

A weekend storm drenched northern Warren County with rain, causing rivers to rise and flooding a park in Blairstown Township.

In Blairstown, the water height of the Paulins Kill doubled in less than 12 hours, rising from two and a half feet to five feet between Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Paulins Kill gauge.

Footbridge Park in Blairstown was flooded by the rain and rising river. 

A bench in the flood waters at Footbridge Park. Photo by N. Dunn, 03/2024.

Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) directed customers without power to free water and ice available at locations that included the Acme on Route 94 in Blairstown.

Flooding got pretty high at Footbridge Park. Photo by N. Dunn, 03/2024.

Residents posted on social media about local power outages and interruptions throughout the weekend and into this week.

As of 7 p.m. on Tuesday, JCP&L reported 14 customers without power in Blairstown Township, six in Hardwick Township and less than five in Knowlton Township.

All underwater at Footbridge Park last weekend. Photo by N. Dunn, 03/2024
Morgan Gardiner
Morgan Gardiner, Contributing Writer

Morgan Gardiner is a journalist and broadcaster based in Northwest New Jersey. Born and raised in Warren County, Gardiner graduated from McGill University and was previously an on-air newscaster, reporter and producer for WRNJ-AM. When not chasing down a news story, Gardiner fills his time with books, family, friends and traveling.