Flooding concerns rise during rainy weekend

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

Flooding concerns rise during rainy holiday weekend

May 27, 2018 - 1:59 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Heavy rainfall drenched the region Sunday causing some flooding in the area. 

The rain was heaviest early Sunday morning, but it's impact was felt long after that.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Trent Davis said Bucks County was hit hardest in the region.

"It looks like a couple spots approaching upper 3 inches to near 4 inches, more in the central and eastern parts of the county," he said, which caused flooding in the county and in other spots in the area. 

"It was bad. It was very bad," said Scott Stebbins from Yardley, who woke up Sunday to a front yard that looked more like a lake than a lawn. "This was totally under water. Very dangerous. It went all the way across the street. I'm worried about all those houses down there. The driveways were all flooded under water."

Stebbins said he's going to have to spend a lot of time and money to get his yard back to how it was.

"We lost all the mulch, all the landscape beds," he added. "The retaining walls are possibly damaged, and then half the driveway washed in the street. I'm trying to get all the stone that was in that area back in the driveway."

Although the state is prone to flooding in this area, Stebbins claims Pennsylvania officials have not been any help in their efforts to prevent it.

"The drainage along the road is not working," he said. "The pipe under the driveway doesn't work."

For Bill Rednor from Lower Makefield, battling against random floods has become a way of life.

"People in the Midwest, they have to prepare for tornadoes, we have to prepare for floods," he said. "I was sort of inundated with water, but it didn't come up to my front door. There were other people who had serious issues, but fortunately I did not, and I feel bad for those who did."

Residents just a few blocks away from Rednor were not as lucky. But looking at the bigger picture, he said the flooding and damage caused by Sunday's storm is not that bad.

"I remember the flood of 1965, where the Yardley bridge just dilapidated and fell apart and floated down the river, so this is really nothing compared to that," he added.

If you come across a flooded roadway, Davis said the last thing you want to do is drive through the water.

"You don't really know what roadway conditions are like under that water," Davis explained. "You don't know if something's washed out or maybe there's power lines under it, or a branch or something, so you don't really know what your tires are going through, so it's better to just turn around and try to go a different."

And for anyone with outdoor Memorial Day plans, the sun probably won't be out, but Davis said we can at least expect dry conditions from Sunday afternoon on. 

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Andrew Kramer and Justin Udo contributed to this report.