Bound Brook evacuated due to flooding concerns

(AP) - Hundreds of people in northern NewJersey were evacuated from their homes as swollen riversoverflowed their banks.

About 450 Bound Brook residents were staying in shelters Sunday night after the Somerset County community declared a state of emergencyand ordered some mandatory evacuations due to the level ofthe Raritan River.

Mayor Carey Pilato said the water level was worsened by "the equivalent of two feet of snow buriedunderground."

Evacuations also occurred in several Middlesex County towns,and officials there also issued a boil water notice. That cameabout because the water company's treatment plant experienced minorflooding as a result of Saturday's heavy rains, which may haveaffected the water treatment process.

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