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3 people rescued from vehicles trapped in flood waters in Hunterdon County

RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Due to the heavy rainfall Thursday night into Friday morning, the Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad responded to two water rescues where three people were rescued from vehicles trapped in flood waters in Raritan Township, according to a post on the Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad’s Facebook page.

At 8:32 a.m., the rescue squad, Raritan Township Fire Company, Lambertville FD, and South Branch Emergency Services were dispatched to Kuhl Road in Raritan Township for a vehicle in the water, authorities said.

Responding units approached Kuhl Road from both the Route 202-31 and Reaville Avenue ends of the roadway. The vehicle was located in the area of #75 Kuhl Road. Lambertville FD swiftwater personnel waded to the vehicle while the Squad’s Special Services drove in from the highway end, the post said.

The driver was assisted from the vehicle and walked a short distance to higher ground. The driver denied any injuries and had a wrecker responding to remove the vehicle once the water receded, authorities said.

Then at 10:32 a.m., the rescue squad, Raritan Township Fire Company and South Branch Emergency Services responded at the request of the Raritan Township Police Department to Old Croton Road near Sam Levine Road for a pick-up truck in the water, the post said.

Upon arrival, the squad used special services to approach the vehicle and remove the two occupants. All units cleared once the subjects were in a safe location, authorities said.

Rescue Squad personnel, in addition to the duty crews, continued to stand-by at the station and staff the water rescue units until 1500 Hours when the flood water had receded and the roadways were reopened, authorities said.

“We say it every time that it’s going to possibly flood, but for those in the back of the room – TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN!!!,” the post said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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