The storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Emergency, urging drivers of the imminent threat.
“Widespread and life-threatening flash flooding is occurring. This is an extremely dangerous situation,” the weather service said. “Do not venture out unless it is an emergency or to move to higher ground.”
The torrential rain flooded neighborhoods throughout Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The NWS says this is around a 100-year flood for those hardest-hit areas — meaning each year there is about a 1% chance of seeing this much rain.
Here are some of the latest rainfall estimates:
-Bristol Twp. 8.67″
-NE Philadelphia: 3.99″
As drivers tried to get home from work, many, like those traveling under the Route 13 bridge became stranded. Many other roadways across the region were also closed due to severe flooding.
And in Bensalem, the Action Cam was rolling as marine units jumped into action to rescue residents from the floodwaters.
“I opened my door, I couldn’t open it, and the next thing you know everything was flooded in my house,” said Vicky Pacheco tearfully. “The water just started coming up.”
About 45 residents who live at the Lafayette Condos had to be evacuated. Ashley Firman and her 11-month-old son Eli packed up their life in four bags.
“My entire stairwell was flooded,” she said. “I grabbed this right here.”
“Everybody is ok — that’s ultimately what matters. These are material things that are gone,” said an evacuated resident.
Bucks County officials and the American Red Cross ask that anyone who cannot return home Monday evening due to flooding to report to the Snyder Middle School in Bensalem for further assistance.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Cecily Tynan, there have been dozens of reports of water rescues in the area. No injures have been reported.
In Northeast Philadelphia, one resident told Action News the storm completely flooded his basement and ruined other parts of his home.
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A flash flood watch is in effect for most of our area through 5 a.m. Tuesday.
There is also a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. for damaging winds and the possibility of an isolated tornado.
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