NEWARK - Major flooding on one of Newark’s busiest thoroughfares caused traffic problems Tuesday afternoon.

Floodwaters covered Route 21, also known as McCarter Highway, near Clay Street around 3 p.m. - causing a major backup of traffic on the roadway.

Several feet of water flooded the area due to heavy rains that lasted through most of Tuesday.

Witnesses say that the water came from the Passaic River and was bubbling up from manholes and sewer drains.

Several cars became stranded in the floodwaters and had to be towed away. Other cars were badly damaged due to the floods.

The Newark police and fire departments responded to the area to assist with the flooding issues.