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Rainfall sparks flood concerns

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HAMILTON TWP. -

Ed Muller has lived on the Great Egg Harbor River for 19 years and says he’s seeing floods like these more and more often.

"It's one of those situations where you know this and you have to accept it and live with it and take the precaution,” said Muller. "Since I would say 2008-2009 we've probably had one of these per year where we never had these before at these historical heights."

As recently as this morning this dock was dry. Now it's under water, and the river isn't expected to crest until Saturday afternoon.

"So even though it crests, we're still not out of the woods because if we should have another storm now, then we would have some serious issues,” said Muller.

Vince Jones, Atlantic County Emergency Management Director has been keeping a watchful eye on the rising waters resulting from this week’s persistent rainfall.

"It's getting just underneath the bridge decking so that obviously is a concern,” said Jones.

The speed and height of the water have Jones anticipating closing parks along the river, potentially putting a damper on some weekend plans.

"There are some areas where the river actually goes underneath some roadways,” explained Jones.

“Obviously tubers and canoers, even though it's gonna be a nice weekend, they're not gonna be able to get under there and they're gonna end up becoming trapped or, and again, the potential for someone to drown. We're not gonna take that chance."

As for Ed Muller, he’s got a drainage system surrounding his house and his dock anchored with hurricane ties.

"After that,” said Muller, “You're at the mercy of nature, which anybody can tell you, you can't beat Mother Nature. You can try to prevent, but you can't beat her."

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