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100 -Year Flood Engulfs Lower Bucks County

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Experts at the National Weather Service are calling Mondays storm a once in a lifetime event as rain and flooding overwhelmed Lower Bucks County leading to the evacuations of hundreds, if not thousands of residents from their homes.

NWS said as of early Tuesday morning said areas in the lower end of the county had up to 10 inches of rainfall in that accumulated over three to four hour period of time yesterday beginning around  2:30 when the first drops began to fall in a frenzy as flash flood warnings were broadcast throughout the area and for Burlington County, New Jersey.

“This is estimated to be a 100 year flood” the service said as municipalities dealt with the incoming deluge.

The impacts flooding quickly showed up as residents from Bensalem, Bristol Township and Bristol Borough began sharing dramatic images of main roadways being flooded.

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Croydon’s Harris Ave.

In Croydon flooding of State Road and streets near by began showing up. Reports of main roadways submerged in rainfall emerged.

In Bensalem Township. first responders were put into immediate action with water rescue operations as captured in this video at Poquessing Creek. 

In the Bristol area the non-stop screeching of sirens screaming cutting the pounding rain could be heard for miles around as fire companies from the borough and township responded to thunderstorm of calls for help

Just after 7 pm Bristol Township declared a “disaster emergency” as emergency officials and fire companies reported about 300 homes impacted by flooding.

Bristol Township Fire Department and volunteer companies are still out evacuating residents late last night,  officials said.

Call 911 for emergencies and 267-850-9883 for sewer backup said township officials on social media

Township officials said they expect to be in touch with county and federal officials to access resources and supports for residents caused by the downpour.

Unconfirmed reports of several vehicle accidents throughout Levittown were posted to social media along with motorists abandoning vehicles on flooded streets and highways.

Inside of Grundy Ice Rink in Bristol Borough

Video captured by a Bristol Borough resident showed police officers using their patrol units to push motorists through flooded Streets where driving became almost next to impossible.

Borough Fire Companies responded to electrical and gas odor calls throughout the entire borough. Fortunately as of 5 am Tuesday morning no serious injuries were reported.

Credit: Val Ridge

In Bensalem just after 10 pm The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania is assisting Bucks County Government with an evacuation center at Snyder Middle School on Hulmeville Road in Bensalem.

As Tuesday morning power has been restored to most Lower Bucks residents with a current total of 160 customers impacted by outages.

Surprisingly as the Tuesday morning sun rises, no significant injuries have been reported but many homes have been damaged throughout the area as day after clean up emergency operations begin

Officials from Lower Bucks municipalities did not return requests for comment as of the the publication of this story,

 

 

 

 

Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

 

Nottingham Fire Co Galloway Road

 

Intersection at Street Road and Richielu in Bensalem.
Credit: Tarra Lee Donnelly

 

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Two Women in Separate Incidents, Each with Probation Warrants Set off License Plate Reader Notifications Jailed

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Back to back arrests of two women with arrest warrants whose license plates set off notifications to police were jailed in separate incidents earlier this week.

According to police, on July 15  just before 7 pm., an officer on patrol on the  200 block S. Main street was notified of a hit via the automatic license plate reader  on a vehicle with a registration suspended for insurance cancellation. The officer then observed the same vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on the subject vehicle. Upon confirming that the operator of the vehicle had an active arrest warrant issued by Bucks County Adult Probation, the officer arrested the 42-year-old woman from Yardley on the warrant.  The woman was processed and remanded to Bucks County Prison. The vehicle was released to a family member.  Additional motor vehicle violations may be filed.

On July 16, at approximately 8:18 pm, Yardley Borough Police were on patrol  and received a notification of a hit via the automatic license plate reader on a vehicle with an expired/suspended registration. The officer observed the subject vehicle and utilizing a timing device noted that the subject vehicle was speeding.  The officer conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle on the 200 block of South Main Street. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be operating the vehicle without a valid license, registration, or insurance, said police.

Upon confirming that the operator of the vehicle had an active arrest warrant issued by Bucks County Adult Probation, the officer arrested a 23-year-old woman from King of Prussia on the warrant.  The woman was processed and remanded to Bucks County Prison. The vehicle was impounded.  Additional motor vehicle violations may be filed. The matter is pending court, police said. 

Both matters are pending court dates.

 

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More than 80 Police Departments across Southeast Pennsylvania to Target Aggressive Drivers during Statewide Mobilization

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive driving enforcement wave. This collective effort, part of a statewide mobilization running through August 18, is aimed at reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our area roadways, ensuring your safety on the road.

The enforcement wave will target heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running, and tailgating. Motorists demonstrating unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions or other aggressive actions, will also be cited.

Law enforcement will utilize strategies such as traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
The enforcement is part of Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Program and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips:

  • Get out of their way and don’t challenge them.
  • Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact, and ignore rude gestures.
  • Don’t block the passing lane if you drive slower than most traffic.
  • Do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle. You or a passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.
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    According to 2023 PennDOT crash data, there were 1,363 aggressive driving crashes, resulting in 39 fatalities and 104 suspected serious injuries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Aggressive driving crashes involve at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.

    The goal of targeted enforcement is to reduce the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries, and deaths on roadways throughout the state. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

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Local Lawmakers Want to Expand DNA Sampling in Criminal Cases

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Last week a group of Bucks County Republican lawmakers with local authorities held a press conference to discuss changes they said need to be put in place regarding the collection of DNA from potential criminals.

State Senator Frank Farry state Rep. K.C. Tomlinson, Rep. Joe Hogan, Rep. Kristin Marcell, Rep Labs, joined First Assistant District Attorney Ed Louka, Bucks County Sheriff Fred Harran, Chief of Lower Southampton Police Department Ted Krimmel, and local law enforcement officials at Comic Collection, in Feasterville to discuss the importance of DNA technology in Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice System.

Specifically legislation the legislators  are working on would expand the number of DNA samples in the criminal justice system by requiring post-arrest testing of anyone charged with a felony or certain misdemeanors.  This sample-taking would be much like the established process of taking an arrestee’s fingerprints.  Nineteen states currently collect post-arrest DNA samples.

The press conference highlighted the impressive work by the Lower Southampton Police Department in an investigation of a violent robbery at Comic Collection in September 2022, where a DNA match led to the charging of two Michigan men 18 months after the crime.

It will also in mind the importance of conviction integrity served by advanced use of DNA identification. A sample can prove the innocence of someone else who has been incorrectly accused or convicted and imprisoned for a crime when the DNA ends up matching someone.

SB988, and its companion bill HB2030, would also expand the collection of DNA samples for those offenders convicted of criminal homicide, which under Pennsylvania law are their own classification of crime and technically not classified as felonies. This legislation would close that loophole and require collection of DNA samples from these offenders to solve other cold case murders and crimes.

 

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