Police across NJ evacuating major flooding areas near the Delaware River

(09/18/04) BLAIRSTOWN - The rain and flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ivan are causing hazardous driving conditions and forcing the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people in New Jersey.

A dam broke in Hartwick making the streets of downtown of Blairstown look more like rivers than roads. Route 94, Main Street and Bridge Street are all under water. Police have ordered residents there to evacuate. The Blairstown Fall Festival scheduled for Sunday has been canceled.

Also on Saturday night, authorities were getting folks who live along the Delaware River in towns like Columbia, Knowlton Township and Belvedere out of harm's way. The Delaware was rising at the rate of about a foot an hour.

The American Red Cross has food and games to help pass the time while the flooding subsides.

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