Post-Irene floods impact Princeton area

    The Mercer County area is inundated with rainwater and flooding waterways Sunday morning following Hurricane Irene’s passage overnight.

    NJ.com reported this morning that two Princeton firefighters were swept into a rushing creek near Johson Park Elementary School. One had been rescued and taken to a nearby hospital while the second awaited rescue from the water.

    Newsworks captured video of another flooded Princeton Township roadway. Water continued to pour out of storm drains near Princeton Pike, closing off one of the three key access routes used by I-95 commuters to get to Princeton. 

    This road is close to Stony Brook, which is the creek that a contingent of George Washington’s Army followed for what became the Battle of Princeton (January 3, 1777).

    This video shows Princeton Pike at Hutchinson Road in the Washington Oaks development. Just 1/4 mile north of this point, Rt. 206 is blocked off at Hutchinson Road. Rt. 206 is another major access route into Princeton from I-95.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.