The Bucks County Emergency Management Agency deactivated the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 7 a.m. Wednesday as stormy conditions cleared out of the region.
Emergency operations staff was continuing to monitor water levels especially along the Neshaminy Creek and Delaware River.
Heavy rainfall from Tuesday’s storm caused the Neshaminy to swell beyond its banks into adjacent areas and roadways, but water was beginning to recede as of late Wednesday morning. The Delaware was still expected to bring tidal flooding to low-lying and flood-prone areas at points throughout the day and possibly into early Thursday.
A combination of strong winds and heavy rain falling on saturated ground toppled trees and wires countywide, forcing more than 100 road closures throughout the night, as reported to the County EOC. Though most roads had since reopened, some closures persisted Wednesday morning as crews worked to remove obstructions or waited for flood waters to recede.
Motorists are reminded to not drive around barricades or into flooded roadways. Just a few inches of water can lift or move a vehicle, rendering it inoperable and potentially stranding passengers. The EOC recorded at least six instances Tuesday evening of water rescues involving stranded vehicles.
Municipalities in Bucks as of Wednesday morning had not reported any major property or infrastructural damage, though damage assessments were expected to continue throughout the day.
Residents or business owners who have suffered property damage as a result of winds or flood waters from Tuesday’s storm should report any impacts to their township or borough.
In addition to river levels, the County is also monitoring another advancing storm system that is expected to bring more rain to the area later this week.
Media Contact: James O’Malley, 215-348-6414, [email protected]