The National Weather Service (NWS) at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 issued area specific flood warnings. All flood warnings are expected to remain until early Tuesday, Oct. 30.
The Perkiomen Creek at Graterford was at 1.5 feet stage at the time of the flood warning. Flood stage is 11.0 feet and due to forecasted weather conditions, minor flooding is currently expected. In this area, forecast expects the creek to reach above flood stage, 11.2 feet, by Tuesday morning. Flood impact hits this area at 12.0 feet and with force closure of the Penitentiary Bridge and residents of Collegeville are cautioned that flooding begins on the right bank.
The Neshanimy Creek at Langhorne was at 1.1 feet stage at the time of the flood warning. Flood stage for this area is 9.0 feet. In this area, forecast expects the creek to reach above flood stage, 10.0 feet, by Tuesday morning. At the 10.0 feet flood stage, some areas may call for evacuation.
The Chester Creek near Chester was at 4.8 feet stage at the time of the flood warning. Flood stage for this area is 8.0 feet. Major flooding is forecast with an expected 14.4 feet by midnight tonight.
The east branch of the Brandywine Creek in Downingtown was at 3.0 feet at 10:45 a.m. this morning. Flood stage for this area is 7.0 feet and major flooding is forecast for this area. Flood stage is expected by late this afternoon with a rise to 12.3 feet by midnight tonight.
The Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford was at 3.0 feet at 10:45 a.m. this morning. Flood stage for this area is 9.0 feet and major flooding is forecast for this area. Flood stage is expected by late this evening with a rise to 13.0 feet by early morning Tuesday, Oct 30. Residential evacuations begin at 13.0 feet flood stage for this specific area.
Never drive cars through flooded areas. The water may be too deep to allow safe passage. Most deaths that occur during flooding are related to vehicles trying to cross-flooded roadways. Residents and businesses are cautioned to prepare now and can find safety information by visiting the FEMA website.
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