The Turtle Lady: Pompeston Will Flood
Cindy Pierson, head of the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association, said those who live near the creek need to take extra precaution.
Not only have township officials warned those in low-lying areas to take extra precaution, but the Turtle Lady echoed those sentiments Friday.
"The creek is absolutely going to flood, there's no doubt about it," said Cindy Pierson, president of the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association.
The Pompeston Creek flows in Cinnaminson, Moorestown, Riverton and Delran.
Pierson lives on Pompess Avenue in the Cinnaminson's East Riverton section, and even just at high tide, the creek fills up and water soaks the ground. Pierson is expecting the street to flood and for her own basement to be very, very wet.
"People should tie down whatever might float away," said Pierson, who still needed to tie down her kayaks, rope off her trashcans and bring in snapper turtle eggs from outside.
Because of all the rain in our area the last few months, the creek is filled with silt and is quite mucky, Pierson said.
"It's brown from all the stuff floating from upstream," she said. "Some of it's coming from construction. With this much rain, there's nothing anybody can do."
East Riverton isn't the only area in Cinnaminson to watch—Forklanding near Winner's, Parry near the Greenbriar Essex Development and Fountain Farms are all prone to flooding.
Friday, Cinnaminson Police Public Safety Director Mickey King advised residents who live in those areas to try to stay with family or friends who are on higher and dryer ground.
Areas in Moorestown near the creek are also problematic. The Pompeston flows through North Riding and Middlesex drives before hitting Riverton Road.
"They are going to have water up to their steps," Pierson predicts.
Residents can do their parts though. Brush should be cleared from the roadways, gutters should be cleaned out and everything that could be blown—or float—away should be secured.
"Don't think just because it's New Jersey, it's not going to be a hurricane," Pierson said.
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