Flood­ing takes many by sur­prise

The Advance of Bucks County - - POLICE REPORTS - By Elizabeth Fisher

Ad­vance Cor­re­spon­dent

BRfSTOL BOR­OUGH - Any Bris­tol res­i­dent who even half en­ter­tained the idea that Dec. 21 would be the Last Day - the end of the world - might have ex­pe­ri­enced an adren­a­line jolt upon awak­en­ing and see­ing the Delaware River way, way over its banks.

The an­cient Mayans be­lieved that Dec. 21, 2012 would mark the end of a 5,000-year life cy­cle whose demise would be marked by cat­a­strophic events. Schol­ars gen­er­ally dis­miss such a pre­dic­tion, although some wags pre­pare for the so-called Apoc­a­lypse with end-of-the-world par­ties, cruises, or restau­rant fes­tiv­i­ties.

The flood­ing in the bor­ough was un­ex­pected, for sure. With no warn­ing, the river pro­pelled it­self fur­ther than it has been in a long time, said John D’An­gelo, owner of a Mill Street build­ing. While the town slept, tor­ren­tial rain and high winds rode in on high tide, swamp­ing stores in the busi­ness district and back yards along Rad­cliffe Street.

The Mill Street Park­ing Lot was un­der­wa­ter, along with a dozen­plus cars, sev­eral of them vis­i­ble only from steer­ing wheel to roof.

“Oh man,” said one dis­gusted res­i­dent, as he snapped pic­tures of the flooded lot. “f can’t even see my cars from here. That’s not good.”

D’An­gelo, who owns the build­ing he lives in at Mill and Cedar streets, pointed the three con­crete steps that led to his back door. Water lapped at the bot­tom step but D’An­gelo con­sid­ered him­self lucky be­cause, just a few more steps and the struc­ture would have taken on water. Bris­tol Mir­ror and Glass and sev­eral other busi­nesses that backed up to the park­ing lot were not lucky as water seeped in through door­ways and up from base­ments.

The land­mark wharf at the foot of Mill Street was flooded as the river crept up to­ward the King Ge­orge fnn. The bases of the Eth­nic mon­u­ments be­yond the wharf were also sub­merged.

Some apart­ments at Har­bor Lights on the 1000 block of Rad­cliffe Street were swamped ei­ther by the river or by the creek that runs be­hind the com­plex. St. Mark School had a close call, with water creep­ing up over the sea­wall to swal­low half of the play­ground area but not the school build­ing.

Along Mill Street, cus­tomers at var­i­ous busi­nesses, with no place to park, took their chances park­ing on yel­low lines and in front of build­ings that would oth­er­wise at­tract the ea­gle eye of park­ing en­force­ment. But of­fi­cials seemed to turn a blind eye to des­per­ate mo­torists and em­ploy­ees, is­su­ing no tick­ets, at least early on.

“When the river goes down, they’ll be out,” said one woman headed to a den­tist ap­point­ment. “This is ter­ri­ble, and f’ve seen this river rise many times.”

The river be­gan to re­cede af­ter 9 a.m. but the yel­low wooden block­ades would re­main in place be­cause the tide was ex­pected to rush in again Fri­day night, po­lice said.

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