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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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Lo Do August 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Sunday morning at 8AM...the creek is about 125 ft across where it's normally about 10 ft....flow is heavy, but no flooding in Rolling Greens!
Cindy Pierson August 28, 2011 at 06:46 PM
The creek came across the street late last night, and we never did have low tide today. We're waiting to see what happens with tonight's high tide. The rain we got here totaled up to be 6.5 inches - I am so glad that I lowered the water level in my pool - it filled up to almost overflowing! Lots of branches down, and my neighbor had a huge chunk of a large tree go down into the street. I am glad that we took the precautions that we did!
Lo Do August 28, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Hey Cindy, I drove past your house today just to see where it was...Interestingly, I have one of the same concrete park benches in my yard by the creek that you have at your end of the creek....I'll bet they were placed there many years ago by the township or state....any thoughts?....PS: I saw your kayaks...some day soon I'll take you up on a short trip on the creek!
Cindy Pierson August 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM
We actually found the bench in the Delaware River! Someone had rolled it down the boat ramp at the Royal Delaware Marina back when it was first opened. I have no idea where it had come from originally, or what would make someone want to push it into the river. It weighs a ton! We had to wait for low tide and take it apart to move it. It sat for years on the other side of the yard, but the creek bank is eroding so badly, we moved it last month. Let me know when you want to go kayaking - it's best to go just before the tide turns, so check the tide tables at www.pompestoncreek.org to pick the best day and time.

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