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Man Returning From Weekend Camping Trip Stranded on Flooded Schuylkill Expressway for Hours

Matthew Christopher's trip home to Manayunk from a weekend camping trip included a 6-hour wait on the Schuylkill Expressway.

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    Viewer Stuck on Flooded Schuylkill Expressway for Hours

    Matthew Christopher, an NBC10 viewer, talked about the flooding on the Schuylkill Expressway after being stuck for nearly six hours early Monday. (Published Monday, June 11, 2018)

    While returning from a weekend camping trip, a Manayunk resident was left stranded on the Schuylkill Expressway for more than six hours Monday morning.

    "I've been here since around midnight," Matthew Christopher told the NBC10 Morning News team.

    Christopher detailed the conditions on Interstate 76 (it turns out the roadway flooded due to a jammed pipe) as traffic came to a complete stop. 

    Past the Conshohocklen/Route 23 Exit, traffic heading eastbound did not move for most of early Monday morning with the exception of a few trucks large enough to move through the high water.

    Heavy Rain Causes Messy Monday Morning Commute

    [PHI] Heavy Rain Causes Messy Monday Morning Commute

    The eastbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway were completely shutdown for most of Monday morning as a result of the heavy rain and subsequent road flooding that happened overnight. This meant that commuters had to find alternative routes to work, which caused heavy congestion on other roads.

    (Published Monday, June 11, 2018)

    As motorists waited for the pool of water in front of the jam to clear, cars further back became stuck as the rain continued to pour.

    "There was actually a fairly large pool of water behind us as well that I think four or five cars were stuck in the middle," Christopher said.

    After hours of confusion, workers began to walk through the cars, knocking on windows and explaining the situation.

    Some drivers were then urged to turn around and head off the highway in the wrong direction.

    Hopefully, Christopher got some sleep once he finally got off the highway and back to his home.

    It took until about 10 a.m. for the roadway to reopen and at least one lane remained intermittently closed as crews continued to address the mess left by the standing water.