Heavy rain, warm temperatures cause flood threat along New Jersey rivers this weekend

Residents who live along New Jersey's rivers will be keeping a close eye as heavy rain moves in this weekend. (1/10/14)

ESSEX COUNTY - Residents who live along New Jersey's rivers will be keeping a close eye as heavy rain moves in this weekend.

Many of the state's waterways were filled with ice after this week's below-freezing temperatures, but for the first time in recent memory, the Passaic River from Clifton down to Newark was frozen over.

That ice is expected to melt with the incoming rain, and in many cases it has nowhere to go, which is why the National Weather Service is forecasting minor river flooding along several New Jersey rivers.

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Jeff Thornley lives on Riverside Drive in Wayne, where the water has risen eight feet in the past.

Thornley is worried about the combination of falling rain and melting snow, causing flooding in low-lying areas.

Other rivers which could see minor flooding include the Wanaque and the Raritan.
 

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