New Jersey towns prepare for flooding dangers as remnants of Zeta approach

Zeta made landfall in Louisiana Wednesday afternoon – the fifth named storm to come to Louisiana this year.
While the storm itself won’t be coming to New Jersey, remnants are expected to produce heavy rain Thursday and Friday in the Garden State.
Department of Public Works crews around New Jersey have been preparing for the heavy rain and flooding dangers. The crews have been focused on trouble spots around the state that often flood.
Grove Avenue in Metuchen takes a major dip as the road flows under an overpass. The area often floods, so DPW crews were out Wednesday clearing leaves from sewer grates to hopefully prevent flooding and potential road closures.
DPW crews are expected to be out Thursday with street sweepers to continue to clear fallen leaves that are the main cause of the road flooding.
The state’s utility companies also have staff ready to respond to the storm. With winds expected to pick up, it could cause some power outages.
“We are preparing based on the more significant rain and wind forecast. While we expect that our preparation will allow us to address outages quickly, the uncertainty of the forecast could result in some longer outages and customers should be prepared,” PSE&G vice president of electric operations Jack Bridges said in a statement.
PSE&G urges customers to report power outages as soon as they happen so that crews can be made aware.