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Rains in region cause some flooding

Now you see it, now you don't.

Now you see it, now you don't.

The snowfall that roared into the area last weekend bringing record snowfalls vanished in Saturday's rain, swelling creeks and closing some roads, mostly in New Jersey.

Just one week after a massive storm system dropped up to two feet of snow in some areas, the Garden State was being soaked by rain Saturday, with about an inch or more expected in most areas.

The rain began falling Christmas night and was forecasted to continue through Sunday morning.

"It's not so much the rain but all the snow out there melting" that's causing flooding, said Roy Miller, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Adding to the problem was the balmy weather, with temperatures soaring into the snow-melting 50s at the Philadelphia Airport.

"It's pretty when it falls, but you've got to clean it up and wait for it to melt and when it melts it causes problems," said Joe Miketta, another meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Flood warnings were issued for most of south Jersey. The Cooper River in Haddonfield and the south branch of the Rancocas Creek in Vincetown were swollen Saturday afternoon.

Other small streams were overflowing with another half inch of rain still to come, said Miller.

The Brooklawn traffic circle on Rt. 130 in Camden County was swamped and closed to traffic.

While most of the flooding was in south Jersey, streams in Chester and Delaware County were also raging with flood water. In Birmingham, Rt. 926 at Creek Road was closed because of the overflow.

And in Middletown Township, a 2008 Mazda SUV ended up in Ridley Creek after failing to negotiate a turn on Knowlton Road, just south of Fox Road, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Media.

Two passengers had to be rescued when the car rolled down an embankment and into the creek where it travelled for about 100 yards before getting stuck on a rock. Pulled from the car was Denise Paul, 55 of Media. A 14 year-old girl, also of Media, was rescued from the creek.

Police said they had minor injuries.

Contact staff writer Kathy Boccella at or 610-313-8123.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.