Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Flood warnings

Heavy rains, rising creeks, prompt flood warnings in Chesco and Montco and S. Jersey.

Flood warnings

Almost 5 inches of rain has fallen since Friday in Philadelphia, and the deluges not only have swamped rain deficits, they are setting off fresh rounds of flooding.

Flood watches remain throughout the region, and flood warniings have been issued in Montgomery and Chester Counties, along with Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties.

The East Branch of the Perkiomen reached 7.2 feet at Schwenksville just after 12:30 p.m., or 0.2 inches above flood stage, and was continuing to rise.

The National Weather Service says it could go up an additional foot this afternoon.

In Downingtown, the east brach of the Brandywine was at 8.6 feet at 11:45; 1.6 feet above flood stage, resulting in minor flooding.

The flood warning remains in effect until 9:30 p.m. in Chester County, and 6:30 in Montco.

On the Jersey side, the Cooper River at Haddonfield was at 2.7 feet and rising; flood stage is 2.8, and the river is expected to go above it this afternoon. The Camden/Gloucester flood warning is up until 5.

The other Jersey warnings expire at 3. Heavy rains were hammering the area, and water was having trouble draining along the coast.

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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