N.J. governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Ida causes flash flooding in many areas

Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on Wednesday night in response to the damage Tropical Storm Ida has done in the state already, including flash flooding in towns like Lambertville. Hopewell, and Pennington.

Numerous roads in the Princeton region are flooded and police are urging residents to stay home. Police in Princeton reported that several water rescues were underway Wednesday night due to vehicles being disabled in flooded roadways.

More than 5,000 PSE&G customers in the Princeton region were without power as of Wednesday night, including a few hundred households in Princeton neighborhoods near the Institute for Advanced Study.

“Tropical Storm Ida is severely impacting all areas of our state,” Murphy said. “The safety of our residents is our main priority, and we urge everyone to be informed of local weather conditions and to stay off the roads.”  

The state of emergency is in effect for all 21 counties.