Transportation Weather

Neshaminy Creek Flooding Recedes

The flooding led to temporary road closures and moderate flooding.

The Neshaminy Creek at Second Street Pike in Wrightstown on Tuesday. Credit: Tom Sofield/

The Neshaminy Creek in Lower Bucks County reached flood stage on Monday following heavy rainfall, causing temporary road closures and spilling over its banks. By Tuesday, the water had mostly receded.

According to U.S. Geological Survey gages, the creek has since gone back into its banks stretching from the Delaware River in Bristol Township to the bridge near Rushland in Wrightstown Township.

On Tuesday morning, a reported observed swiftly moving but significantly lower creek at various locations, including Second Street Pike in Wrightstown Township, Newtown-Richboro Road in Newtown Township, Bridgetown Pike in Middletown Township, and near Zimmerman Lane in Bristol Township.

The river initially spilled its banks early Monday morning and continued until Monday night.

Langhorne-Newtown Road in Middletown Township, which was submerged under floodwaters on Monday, reopened by Tuesday morning.

Flooding along Swamp Road in Newtown Township on Monday.
Credit: Tom Sofield/

The creek’s water levels reached nearly 18 feet in Wrightstown and 13.5 feet in Middletown Township. Both levels were classified as moderate flood stages.

The flooding event has been marked as the highest and most severe in more than a year along the creek.

The Delaware River near Bristol Borough reached moderate flood stage by midday Monday. However, it is expected to remain below flood stage through the end of the week.

The Delaware River in Trenton, across From Falls Township, did not experience any significant flooding.

The coastal storm that swept through the area from Sunday night to Monday brought 2 to 3 inches of rain to Lower Bucks County.

Most road closures due to the storm had been lifted by Tuesday and crews has cleared downed limbs and trees.

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Alex Irving & Tom Sofield