Sunday, August 2, 2015

Floods: 5 p.m. Update

Rains ending; problems continuing.

Floods: 5 p.m. Update

A car tries to navigate floodwaters at the intersection of Post Road and Price Street in Trainer, Delaware County. (Mari Schaefer / Staff)
A car tries to navigate floodwaters at the intersection of Post Road and Price Street in Trainer, Delaware County. (Mari Schaefer / Staff)

The rains that have turned parts of Delaware County into a water park and created a watery mess in parts of South Jersey are letting up, but the travel hangover continues.

Water up to 4 feet deep accumulated on some streets in Delco, and traffic was restricted to one lane on the busy portion of Route 291 around Stewart Avenue in Ridley Township. The Broad Street ramps of I-95 in Philadelphia were closed briefly.

On the Jersey side of the river widespread flooding was reported in Camden and along Route 130 in Collingswood, Haddon Township, Mount Ephraim and Gloucester City.

The slow-motion rains were focused on a narrow corridor along the river from an arc from northern Delaware, across parts of Philadelphia and into Jersey. 

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North and west of Center City, people may be wondering what all the fuss was about. People to the south aren't wondering.

In the Marcus Hook-Trainer emergency personnel have been invovled in at least six water rescues, according to esteemed colleague Mari Schaefer, who is at the scene.

Evacuations were reported in northern Delaware. In Trainer, a dump truck got stuck in the water after the driver evidently ignored a police car located specifically to avoid just such an occurrence.

"The (pejorative deleted) drove right past me," said Police Sgt. Rick Cominskie. The standing water reached all the way to the truck's rear-view mirrors.

The National Weather Service reported that at Philadelphia International Airport, 1.75 inches of rain had fallen in the latest round.

That would be over 5 inches of rain in the last four days. That's more than had fallen in the pervious 74 days.


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