100 -Year Flood Engulfs Lower Bucks County
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.
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.
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.
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,