Date: 2021-09-02 00:11:15
Most of Bucks County remains under a flash flood warning until midnight Thursday, as Tropical Depression Ida brings torrential rains into the area.
Three to 7 inches of rain already has fallen in parts of Bucks County as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.
The weather service warned “life-threatening” flash flooding was possible in Bensalem, Quakertown, Perkasie, Doylestown, Bedminster, Chalfont, Tinicum, Newtown, Dublin, Langhorne and Ivyland.
Audrey Kenny, director of Bucks County Emergency Services, said: “Stay off the roads. If you must go out, DO NOT DRIVE into water. The entire county is affected and there is no area that isn’t affected.”
Bucks County and Montgomery County emergency management officials have reported multiple water rescues since the storms began around 5 p.m.
Multiple streets were closed throughout Bucks County. In Perkasie, Covered Bridge Apartments along the east branch of the Perkiomen Creek were being evacuated due to flooding.
“Conditions are changing rapidly,” the borough said on Facebook. “Do not enter any roadway covered in water — when you do, you are endangering yourself & emergency responders! Borough crews have already responded to a water rescue tonight — the danger is real.”
In Warrington, the Barclay Dam crested, and Bucks County Emergency Management warned of imminent flooding in the area.
Ida, which devastated Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane, is threatening to bring historic flooding to the region Thursday and Friday.
The storm already spawned multiple tornadoes in the area, including confirmed reports in Willow Grove and Washington Crossing.
The National Weather Service is predicting major flooding of Neshaminy Creek in the next 12 hours. Creek projected to rise to 15 feet at Langhorne around 6 a.m. Residential properties flood on Bridle Drive in Middletown Township at 14 feet. Flooding also is expected on business Route 1 in Middletown near Rising Sun Avenue, said Bucks County spokesman James O’Malley
Flooding also is expected along the Delaware River.