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Forecasters Warn Of Flash Flooding Risk


Forecasters say days of heavy rain with more headed toward the area are raising the risk for flash flooding.

The National Weather Service’s Mt. Holly, New Jersey, field office issued a Flash Flood Watch for Lower Bucks County that will last into Wednesday morning. They indicated the watch could be extended depending on the forecast.

“Showers and some thunderstorms will continue through Wednesday. The risk of flooding, including flash flooding, will increase as soils become increasingly wet, and as river and creek levels rise following each successive round of locally heavy rainfall,” forecasters said.

Chances of heavy rain are forecasted into Thursday. Forecasters said the period of unsettled weather will be supported by a tropical air mass that will help spur heavy downpours that could dump as much as an inch of rain per hour.

As of mid-morning Tuesday, the Neshaminy Creek at Playwicki Park was several feet below flood stage. The Delaware River at Trenton was about 10 feet below flood stage but expected to swell through the end of the week as more storm runoff pours downstream.

Gov. Tom Wolf and the¬†Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have been monitoring the wet weather, which is hitting Central Pennsylvania the worst. The governor’s office said state officials are ready to assist wherever flooding impacts and they have put the¬†Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team on alert for the next two days.


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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001