Heavy Rain Causes Major Flooding

The wild weather has caused evacuations and transportation delays.

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Friday, Oct 1, 2010  |  Updated 10:46 PM EDT
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Byron Scott and Justin Pizzi in areas where the flooding is causing major problems for communters.

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Weather conditions are improving this morning after almost 24 hours of whipping wind and rain, but that doesn't mean it's smooth sailing.

Flood warnings are still in effect after the heavy rain left as much as 8-inches in some parts of our area.

Flooding roadways, downed trees and power outages are making the Friday morning communte a very messy one and has affected some SEPTA services and caused local schools to begin one to two hours late or even close all together.

Bus Routes:

Bus routes are on detour due to weather conditions 26,37,42,53,61,62,95,108,110,111,117,119,K

Bus routes 113,114.115 has suspended service to Darby Loop.

Trolley Lines:

Rt 11 Service will terminate at Island and Woodland Avenues due to flood conditions in Darby Loop.

No Shuttle Bus service at this time.

Regional Rail:

Chestnut Hill West has resumed normal service, but expect delays up to 30 mins.

Chestnut Hill East and Norristown Lines have been suspended.

Lansdale Line delays up to 30 mins.

Norristown High Speed Line:

Terminating service at Hughes Park. Shuttle service operating to Norristown.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross has set up shelters for those affected by the storm at the following locations:

Delaware County

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Auditorium
1500 Lansdowne Avenue
Darby, Pa.

Brookhaven Municipal Bldg
2 Cambridge Road
Brookhaven, Pa.

Montgomery County

Norristown Area High School
1900 Eagle Drive
Eagleville, Pa.

Bucks and Chester County shelters are on standby.

The flooding has caused major problems in many local towns. Here's some of the trouble spots:

Chester County/Montgomery County

Phoenixville Police closed Route 29 at the Chester County/Montgomery County border in both directions. 

Delaware County

Many places in Delaware County have been hit hard.

In the Darby borough down by the Darby Creek, homes are being evacuated. Evacuees are being taken to Mercy Catholic Medical Center (the old Fitzgerald Hospital).

On Kerlin Street in Chester has also been evacuated. Evacuees are going to Chester City Hall.

In Brookhaven, houses near Chester Creek have flooded.

There is also bad flooding on Rolling Road in Springfield.

Flooding has closed Poplar and Willow Streets in Radnor

There have been no water related injuries in the county thus far. 

King of Prussia

Some stores at the plaza have closed due to flooding. Flooding is especially heavy in the food court. The mall is open.

Delaware

New Castle County has about six roads with water issues but no washed out roads.

 

Wilmington police are informing travelers of high water in the area of 12th street and I-495.

 

12th Street from Bowers Street, which is at the Howard Young Prison east to Interstate 495 is closed due to high water on the roadway.

 

A low tide at the Port of Wilmington is expected at 12:42 this afternoon. If the 12th Street waters have not receded by that time there is a good chance that the roadway may be closed all afternoon as tidal waters begin to rise again in the area.

 

Bridge over Shellpot Creek has been washed out, leaving hundreds of residents in three apartment complexes unable to leave. 

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