Hamilton residents keeping an eye on rising waters

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 Residents of Gale Avenue in Hamilton Township, waters of the Great Egg Harbor River Charlie Pritchard / Residents of Gale Avenue near Weymouth Furnace in Hamilton Township will be keeping a close eye on the rising waters of the Great Egg Harbor River for the next couple of days. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Township officials are warning Hamilton residents to be wary of rising river and lake waters.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, March 31 the Great Egg Harbor River was slowly approaching minor flood stage in Folsom, according to the Township of Hamilton Police Department, which noted that water levels will be affected in Lake Lenape today through Wednesday afternoon.

All available flood gates were opened last week and will remain open until further notice, police said. After passing through the dam, water from the lake enters into the tidal portion of the river.

“We expect very high waters on the Great Egg between Weymouth and Mays Landing as well as on the lake itself for the next 72 hours,” the announcement reads. “Please secure all boats and docks appropriately and bring all personal property to high ground along these waterways.”  

Residents who live along the Great Egg Harbor River in the Weymouth section of Hamilton Township have experienced flooding problems numerous times in the past, as recently as August 2011. The near record-breaking snowfall amounts this winter coupled with a 3-inch rainfall this weekend again have them wary of the encroaching waters.

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