Saturday rain leads to flooding throughout the Delaware Valley

Flooded roads "can often times catch drivers off guard."

Andrew Kramer
August 11, 2018 - 8:37 pm
Flooding on U.S. 202 in Norristown

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - The Delaware valley has been hit hard so far this weekend with rain, some heavy at times.

"There's definitely some widespread amounts of well over an inch to two inches, some three inches and even higher," said meteorologist Alex Staarmann with the National Weather Service out of Mount Holly, New Jersey.

When this much rain falls, flooded roads, "which can often times catch drivers off guard," said Staarmann, are something motorists should be looking out for.

The Schuylkill Expressway, I-95, Route 1 and 202 are among the major area roadways that saw flooding on Saturday. 

The PA Turnpike Northeast Extension even closed at one point near Quakertown when a mudslide formed.

"If you're ever driving and you come across a road that is flooded," said Staarmann, "whether it's standing water or flowing water, you should always turn around because it's very dangerous to drive your vehicle into flood waters."

A big reason why is because you can never be too sure how deep that water goes.

"It can be much deeper than you might think it is even if you're really familiar with the roadway," added Staarmann.

Plus, he says, you never know what's underneath the water.