Massive snowstorm brings flooding to East Coast

The Associated Press

A van drives through a flooded street as ice and snow prevent drainage Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. Most of the state was facing a blizzard warning from Friday evening until Sunday that called for up to 24 inches of snow, with the deepest accumulations in the central part of the state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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By BEN FINLEY, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A massive winter storm isn’t just dumping snow on the eastern United States, it’s raising flood waters in communities up and down the Atlantic Coast.

In New Jersey, a restaurant owner says he’s stuck in his building because of flood waters. Jason Pelligrini of Sea Isle tells The Associated Press he was waist-deep in water after moving his car to a high point in town.

Emergency officials in Cape May County say flooding had first-responders busy, but that the waters were receding as the tide went out.

In Delaware, flooding closed a popular route to the state’s beaches and forced about a dozen people to be evacuated from the low-lying community of Oak Orchard.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says subsequent high tides shouldn’t bring as much flooding as towns saw on Saturday morning.

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Associated Press reporters Randall Chase in Dover, Delaware, and Ed Donahue in Washington contributed to this report.

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