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Epic Flooding in Philadelphia, Reading, Pottstown, and Norristown Areas

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The Omelette Thursday September 8, 2011

Epic Flooding in Pennsylvania Area Leads to Road Closures, Rescues, and Accidents

When the weathermen made their predictions this week about rain, neither they or anyone else could have predicted the carnage which took place yesterday afternoon. Much of the Southeast PA area was hit with epic thunderstorms, which produced 5 to 6 inches of rain in many parts of the area in a short period of time. Getty Images/William Thomas Cain

This comes on top of the rains which we have been getting hit with for over a month now.

The usual areas were flooded out around Philadelphia such as Kelly Drive. But for those traveling on Route 422 Westbound - a normally reliable highway became a virtual river just above Douglassville in Amity Township.

Areas around Exeter, Downingtown, Pottstown, Allentown, Bucks County and anywhere else you can think of became treacherous.

This morning the Schuylkill Expressway was completely closed from the Blue Route all the way down to Philly - the result of mudslides

For those of you in the Reading area, here is a list of the road closures.

The latest tropical weather pattern to hit this area is the result of Tropical Storm Lee, which dumped 20 inches of rain in Lousiana last weekend. And, things aren't going to let up until late tonight/early tomorrow. This multi-day storm is producing historic flooding in the Northeast, which is the worst since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

Even when the rains end, we have to worry about rivers flooding when they finally do crest.The Schuylkill River is supposed to crest at 21.5 feet in Pottstown at 2 A.M. on Friday morning. And, it will crest at 18.6 feet in Reading tonight at 8:00 P.M. Officials expect it to also crest tonight in Norristown and Philly, producing minor to major flooding.

Weather.com has a full breakdown of the Northeast flood reports.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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