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Broken homes and flooded roads

Torrential rains, gusty winds and melting snow conspired to turn Somerset County and the surrounding counties in NJ into a disaster zone on Saturday. We lost electrical power on Saturday afternoon and spent the night listening to howling winds and horizontal rain rip apart trees. We awoke Sunday morning to find a felled tree had barely missed the neighbors home. Bored, my son and I drove around looking for a way out of town. None were to be found. Large, old trees had fallen all over Princeton over night. Some of them had been ripped from the ground but most were broken by the wind. All roadways out of town were either blocked by fallen trees or flooded roads. The Millstone River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal merged, spilling over into surrounding town and roads. Quite frankly, I felt a little stranded. You can see more photos of the damage.

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Fallen tree on powerliine - Rocky Hill, NJ

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Rocky Hill, NJ

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Just missed the house - Rocky Hill, NJ

Broken homes and flooded roads

Torrential rains, gusty winds and melting snow conspired to turn Somerset County and the surrounding counties in NJ into a disaster zone on Saturday. We lost electrical power on Saturday afternoon and spent the night listening to howling winds and horizontal rain rip apart trees. We awoke Sunday morning to find a felled tree had barely missed the neighbors home. Bored, my son and I drove around looking for a way out of town. None were to be found. Large, old trees had fallen all over Princeton over night. Some of them had been ripped from the ground but most were broken by the wind. All roadways out of town were either blocked by fallen trees or flooded roads. The Millstone River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal merged, spilling over into surrounding town and roads. Quite frankly, I felt a little stranded. You can see more photos of the damage.

Broken homes and flooded roads, 20100314 untitled 54  2  5  3  4

Fallen tree on powerliine - Rocky Hill, NJ

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Rocky Hill, NJ

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Just missed the house - Rocky Hill, NJ