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Ida to Drench Lower Bucks Rain & Flash Floods, Say Forecasters

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The pitter-patter of drizzling rain started in the Bristol area just after 2:30 am Wednesday morning, but forecasters are saying the remnants of Hurricane Ida are expected to drench and flood Lower Bucks, later today and Thursday, with up to 6 inches of rain in some areas.

With Neshaminy Creek water levels predicted to rise to record breaking levels, from under 2 feet to just above 13.5 feet by Thursday, public safety officials are warning  residents throughout the area for the potential impacts of the storm which is expected to bring thunderstorms too. 

Ida is predicted to bring “significant” flash flooding to the area, the National Weather Service says even with its recent downgrading to a tropical depression.

The flash flood warning for the area goes into effect beginning at 8 am today and lasting until Thursday morning, Meteorologists say.

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“The several inches of rain we are expecting with Ida’s remnants on Wednesday would cause hydro problems in almost any situation. These problems will likely be enhanced (particularly over the north) due to the very wet month we have had, as most areas are running well above normal,” said NWS Mt Holly in a social media post.

In advance of the storm, Emergency Managers have been reaching out to residents in their areas, alerting and informing residents in efforts to urge caution.

Bristol Borough Emergency Manager, Merle Winslow called residents in the area who were flooded out during the July storms, commenters shared on a community Facebook page.

Lower Makefield Chief of Police and Emergency Manager, Ken Coluzzi said the municipalities emergency center will be active as of 7 am this morning and anyone with questions or concerns can call 215-493-4055

“Lower Makefield residents are urged to use extreme caution during this weather event and limit use of low-lying areas and heavily tree lined roads. Vehicles should avoid use of River Road. Motorist should not drive through flooded roadway or near any downed electrical lines. Do not drive around road closure signs” said Coluzzi.

Falls Township Police urged residents to stay at home and off the roadways in a public safety advisory posted Tuesday.

“Police is encouraging our residents to stay home and avoid travel if possible.   If you do have to travel, please allow time, expect debris in roadway, have alternate routes, and avoid any areas that could be flooding.  Do not drive through streets or roadways if they are flooding” they said.

On Monday, Lower Bucks Source, ran into Bensalem Mayor Joseph D. DiGirolamo at the Golden Eagle Diner.

The Mayor said during a brief exchange,  we’re getting prepared for the storm and hoping it misses us. We got hit real bad last time. 

DiGirolamo echoed that sentiment Tuesday evening with a video statement to the township.

“We do know a lot of rain is coming our way and we’re getting prepared for it…with public works employees cleaning out the drainage system…and our emergency systems are in place and ready to go,” he said.

You can follow Lower Bucks Source live coverage of the storm and its impacts on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Feel free to submit your storm related pictures and videos also to the LBS Facebook page.

 

 

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Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured

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Bensalem Township will be allotted funding from a $77.5 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a water main replacement project, announced Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

PENNVEST funding specifically serves projects in Pennsylvania that focus on sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

The loan will be distributed to 16 municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania for water main replacement projects.

“I am happy to say Bensalem is included in this vital project in the southeast,” said Tomlinson. “Making sure our water mains are updated means our drinking water is safe and quality service is provided to the consumers.”

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Takata Air Bags Still Under Recall

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.

NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

Models flagged as being at an extreme risk are certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura models containing so-called “alpha” airbags, and the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. Also included are the 1999 BMW 323i and 328i, said in a Consumer Report dated July 10, 2024.

Do Not Drive warnings have been issued for these vehicles by NHTSA.

NHTSA said, a separate group of defective Takata air bags was recalled in late 2019. Unlike the air bag inflators in the larger Takata recalls, this recall involves non-azide driver inflators.

Consumer Reports said, a total of 67 million airbags have been recalled. As of April, 2024, NHTSA reports that 88 percent have been repaired/replaced, still leaving many millions of at-risk airbags on the road.

 

 

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Santarsiero, BCHIP to Host Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote Events

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State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) will host two keynote events, in partnership with the Blue Zones organization, to introduce Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area to the community.

On July 22nd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Wharf in Bristol Borough.  The keynote will be delivered by Margaret Brown from Blue Zones and will focus on the Lower Bucks area.

On July 23rd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Linksz Pavillion at Bucks County Community College in Newtown Township.  The keynote will be delivered by Dan Buettner, Jr. from Blue Zones and will focus on the Central Bucks area.

Both events will include audience Q&A and will feature a panel of experts from the Blue Zones organization.

WHEN: Monday, July 22, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: The Wharf, 100 Basin Street, Bristol

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Margaret Brown, Vice President of Business Development, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: Bucks County Comm. College, Linksz Pavillion, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Dan Buettner, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

Blue Zones is based on 20 years of research and scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health and happiness, from the longest-living communities in the world. During the Ignite phase of the partnership, Blue Zones will assess the current state of our Bucks area community’s well-being through engagement and education with local leaders and community members, culminating in recommendations for a full-scale transformation of our area to a Blue Zone.

Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area includes: Bristol Township, Bristol Borough, Falls Township, Tullytown Borough, Morrisville Borough, Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Upper Makefield Township, Solebury Township, New Hope Borough, Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township, Doylestown Borough, Plumstead Township, New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough.

Public RSVPs are requested online at https://www.senatorstevesantarsiero.com/bluezonesignitebucksareakeynote/.

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