Heavy Rains, Winds Threaten More Flooding In Newtown Area

The Newtown area is bracing for more flooding as a new storm is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds this weekend.

A large log flows down the Delaware River looking toward Upper Makefield on Wednesday.
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An incoming storm system expected to hit Lower Bucks County starting Friday evening and lasting into Saturday morning, and it threatens to bring more flooding to the area.

The National Weather Service has forecasted between half-an-inch to 1.5 inches of rainfall for the area, with the heaviest rain anticipated from 11 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday. Northern New Jersey and upstate Pennsylvania are bracing for as much as 2 inches of rainfall.

Accompanying the heavy rains will be strong winds. Gusts are expected to reach 40 to 50 mph on Friday night.

The heavy rain threat poses a heightened risk of flooding along the Neshaminy Creek.

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The Delaware River in Upper Makefield Township is expected to stay below flood stage through the weekend, according to a river forecast.

While the Neshaminy Creek had receded to its banks after the earlier storm this week, the Delaware River continued to swell on Friday in Bristol Borough, driven by the recent rainfall and high tide.

“Between 0.5 to 1.5 inches of new rain Friday night will exacerbate preexisting flooding and may lead to new flooding of smaller streams and creeks across northern New Jersey, southeast Pennsylvania, and the I-95 urban corridor,” the National Weather Service stated.

A Flood Watch and Coastal Flood Warning have been issued for the area.

Forecasters said the already saturated soils which could lead to urban and small stream flooding.

Forecasters noted that the upcoming flooding is unlikely to be as widespread or severe as the last storm on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The latest storm comes during an already wet month for the region.

Philadelphia has already recorded 3.18 inches of rain in January and three weeks remain in the month

As of this week, the area has already surpassed the monthly average of 3.13 inches.

Following the weekend rain event, forecasters are tracking the potential for a snowstorm Monday night into Tuesday.

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