PEQUANNOCK - Severe flooding has forced authorities to shut down large portions of Route 23 in Pequannock and Wayne.
Officials say several other roads in the area will be closed down as the flooding worsens.
Route 23 serves as the main roadway to several nearby towns, including Kinnelon, Butler and Riverdale.
State Police Sgt. Julian Castellanos says officials are evacuating approximately 1,300 homes in Pequannock and about 100 homes in Fairfield Township.
The National Weather Service says the Passaic, Rockaway and Ramapo rivers are still rising and won't crest until Saturday.
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