S. Jersey dam breach prompts evacuations

    Officials say a dam breach has prompted the evacuation of about 75 people in Bridgeton in southern New Jersey.

    The Cumberland County dispatch office says recent heavy rains apparently led to the breach sometime late Sunday afternoon on Seeley Lake.

    Most of the water from the lake flowed into the Cohansey River and caused it to rise. Residents of some low-lying areas in Bridgeton voluntarily evacuated.

    The dispatch office says there have been no reports of any injuries and no word yet if the waters have caused any damage to homes. A shelter has been opened on Buckston Road for evacuees.

    FOX’s Sean Tobin is in New Jersey, tweeting about road closures. Get the latest from him here.

    It was a wet Sunday–most areas around the Delaware Valley got between one and four inches of rain yesterday. Nearly ten inches fell in the Salem County town of Elmer, and several Gloucester County communities got between six and seven inches of rain.

    Wish we could say today would be different, but showers are expected to continue today and even linger into tomorrow. Don’t forget the umbrella!

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