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Flood waters make the morning commute difficult for motorists in Newark

Overnight storms give rise to water levels near McCarter Highway and Verona Avenue

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NEWARK — It was a messy commute Thursday morning for some in Essex County after the overnight storms left some roads covered in water.

Several inches of water blocked off Exit 5 heading northbound on Route 21. The overnight storms flooded an area near McCarter Highway and Verona Avenue. One motorist took a risk of driving through elevated waters, which resulted in his SUV getting stranded.

“Apparently there was a flood going on and I was stuck in the middle of the road. I couldn't get my car out and they had the fire department escort us out of the vehicle and just told us to come get it in the morning," said Alex Perez. When his car stalled, he and two passengers became stranded. The fire department had to rescue them, and they left the SUV behind.

At 3 a.m. when FiOS1 News arrived at the scene to cover the story, some drivers continued going through the area while others didn't take the risk and turned around. Some even chose to reverse back onto Route 21 instead of braving the water covering the road.

Once authorities blocked the road off, it backed up traffic causing headaches for commuters.

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