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Columbus Boulevard, Route 130, other Philadelphia-area roads flood after storm

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Thursday night's storm that brought heavy rain and high winds led to closures on multiple roads around the Philadelphia region Friday morning, both in the city and in parts of Camden County, New Jersey.

By 8 a.m., roads were reopening as flood waters receded, according to traffic trackers from both states' transportation departments.

Here's a look at the earlier closures and how they affected drivers.

Both sides of Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia were closed between Dock Street and Callowhill Street due to flooding around 5 a.m., PennDOT said. 

The flooding coincided with high tide along the Delaware, which was swollen after days of rain.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a measuring station at Washington Avenue recorded the river as 9.49 feet high, above the "moderate" flood stage of 9.2 feet. The river was not projected to go below flood stage until after 7 a.m.

Farther upriver at the station in Burlington, New Jersey, the river was at 10.5 feet, above the moderate flood stage of 10.3 feet, NOAA's tracker said. The river at Burlington was not projected to go below flood stage until around 8 a.m.

Flooding in Brooklawn Circle and Admiral Wilson Boulevard in NJ

Traffic Reporter Chandler Lutz said this on the morning newscast:

Take Route 130 instead of Delsea Drive to get around flooding at the Brooklawn Circle.

There's also flooding on Route 30/Admiral Wilson Boulevard between Federal Street and I-676 in Camden. 

To get around, take Federal Street or State Street. Or maybe take I-676 northbound instead of using Admiral Wilson.

Coastal Flood Warning issued for parts of NJ, Pa.

This all comes after a Coastal Flood Warning was issued for the areas along the Delaware River in the following counties in New Jersey:

  • Mercer
  • Gloucester
  • Camden
  • Northwestern Burlington

And the following counties in Pennsylvania:  

  • Delaware
  • Philadelphia
  • Lower Bucks 

The warning expires at 9 a.m. Friday.

Down at the Jersey Shore, some areas are under a Coastal Flood Advisory - mainly in Ocean County and the Back Bays. 

There was also a Coastal Flood Advisory for Sussex County, Delaware - nothing issued in New Castle or Kent counties.

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management warns drivers to turn around and not proceed through flooded roads.

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