PATERSON - Rain-swollen waterways in northern New Jersey are slowly receding after cresting over the weekend, but flooding is still a concern.

The Passaic River crested at 11.81 feet at around 9 p.m. Saturday and has been receding ever since. The river is expected to fall below flood stage on Wednesday.

People in Paterson have resorted to navigating debris filled streets on makeshift footbridges. Six of the city's seven bridges are out of service.

Several key roadways in the city have been shut down due to flooding, including Route 20 in both directions between Broadway and East 38th Street.

Police are asking that nonessential traffic should not try to enter the city.

City schools are also closed today due to the flooding.

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