Rain floods roads, more on the way

First re­spon­ders res­cue driver trapped in high wa­ter on Horse­shoe Trail at Pick­er­ing Creek

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Bannan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @pe­te­ban­nan on Twit­ter

Heavy rains Thurs­day morn­ing closed a num­ber of roads across the re­gion, trap­ping at least two mo­torists in high wa­ter that flooded roads.

And the fore­cast calls for more of the same, with a flood watch is­sued for the en­tire re­gion from 6 p.m. Thurs­day through 6 a.m. Satur­day. Fri­day looks like the worst of the lot, with heavy rain fore­cast at times.

In West Pikeland, a driver of a BMW sedan was trapped in high wa­ter on Horse­shoe Trail at Pick­er­ing Creek just af­ter 7 a.m. Thurs­day near Kim­ber­ton Road. West Pikeland po­lice and Lionville Fire Com­pany re­sponded with res­cue teams and a boat.

Fire­fight­ers wear­ing swift wa­ter res­cue gear were able to reach the driver and as­sist him to safety with safety floata­tion de­vices. The car was towed by Ea­gle Ser­vice once flood wa­ters re­ceded.

“That road floods quite reg­u­larly when we have these kind of storms,” said West Pikeland Po­lice Sgt. Wayne O’Con­nell. “Mo­torists should not drive through flooded roads, they can check out

our Face­book page for in­for­ma­tion on road con­di­tions.”

Other roads in West Pikeland that were closed in­cluded, Lower Pine Creek and Clover Mill roads.

A flood warn­ing is in ef­fect for the Brandy­wine Creek and its trib­u­taries until Satur­day, due to fore­casts of heavy rain. Mo­torists are urged to use cau­tion on roads that cross rivers, creeks and streams and do not drive through flooded ar­eas: US Route 1 (Bal­ti­more Pike), Creek Road, Camly Lane, Ring Road, Hey­burn Road, Smith­bridge Road, Ridge Road and Bul­lock Road. Dial 9-1-1 in case of an emer­gency.

Ear­lier in the morn­ing Cochranville fire­fight­ers were called to Bush and Ross Ford­ing roads in West Fal­low­field for a wa­ter res­cue. That driver was able to safely es­cape the floods on their own.

In East White­land, wa­ter leak­ing into an apart­ment at the new At­wa­ter Vil­lage com­plex set off the fire alarm.

Trees were re­ported down on a num­ber of roads in­clud­ing Route 252 in Tred­dyf­frin.

The Na­tional Weather ser­vice is­sued a flood watch through Fri­day night with heav­ier rain­fall mov­ing into the Delaware Val­ley Thurs­day evening. Of­fi­cials said moder­ate to heavy rain will per­sist through at least Fri­day night, and pos­si­bly into the week­end with amounts of 2 to 4 inches are ex­pected.

The weather ser­vice said a va­ri­ety of flood­ing is pos­si­ble. Low-ly­ing and poor drainage flood­ing will be the most com­mon type of flood­ing to de­velop. Thun­der­storms and tor­ren­tial rain could pro­duce flash flood­ing if they sit over one area over­whelm­ing small creeks and streams.

Sev­eral days of heavy rain will even­tu­ally lead to a risk of flood­ing in larger streams and rivers.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice also re­minds mo­torists to “turn around, don’t drown.” More deaths oc­cur due to flood­ing than from any other thun­der­storm-re­lated hazard.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — WEST PIKELAND PO­LICE

Lionville fire­fight­ers as­sist the driver of this BMW which was stalled in flood wa­ters on Horse­shoe Trail at the Pick­er­ing Creek Thurs­day morn­ing.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — COCHRANVILLE FIRE COM­PANY

Flood­ing in West Fal­low­field Thurs­day morn­ing.

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