Nearby: Flooding in Bucks Causes 5 Deaths; 2 Children Still Missing
Five people died and two children remained missing due to Saturday evenings flash flooding and eight were rescued from vehicles Upper Makefield officials said at Sunday afternoon press conference.
The missing children are a 9-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, officials said.
They were part of a family visiting from South Carolina officials said when they became trapped by the flash flooding.
The father and grandmother of the family escaped with the four-year-old son. The mother took the two younger children. and were swept away by flash flooding, said officials.
About six-and-a-half to seven inches of rain fell in 45 minutes Saturday Upper Makefield Fire Chief Tim Brewer told reporters at Sunday press conference.
“I’ve never seen anything like it” he said.
The search efforts will continue throughout the evening and we will advise you of any updates. We would like to thank all the agencies who have been assisting us throughout this terrible ordeal as they have been steadfast in their commitment to finding all who were lost, Brewer said.
“This is a moment that calls on all of us to come together to lift up Upper Makefield and the Bucks County community and that is exactly what we are doing,” said Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro.
One resident said he watched helplessly as vehicles were swept away, upside down, and abandoned in the local roadways, they told the news outlet.
Meanwhile search operations continued throughout Sunday.
Penn DOT on Sunday announced three state roads would remain closed due to flooding.
Anyone in Upper Makefield Township who has experienced damage to their property or business is asked to report it.
Residents and business owners are asked to call the township on Monday at (215) 968-3340.