Flooding Closes Parts of Schuylkill and Turnpike, Prompts Rescues

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Responders rescue a family from a flooded street in Delaware. Photo via 6ABC[1]

Torrential downpours flooded the Schuylkill Expressway’s westbound lane near King of Prussia on Monday morning, trapping some trucks in its currents and rendering the road impassable, according to KYW Traffic. Additional flooding is being reported as heavy rain continues to slam the region.

Flooding has shut down the westbound Schuylkill Expressway at King Of Prussia. This is a very dangerous situation as the highway is completely under water. All traffic being forced off the RT 202. @KYWNewsradio[2] pic.twitter.com/Q1r1y3jth2[3]

— Traffic on the Twos (@KYWTraffic1060) August 13, 2018[4]

According to NBC10, there had been at least a dozen vehicle rescues[5] on highways across Chester, Montgomery and Delaware Counties as of 10:30 a.m.

As of 11:30 a.m., the Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed between Valley Forge and Norristown, according to the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety.

“Traffic being diverted onto local roads which are also experiencing flooding and gridlocked,” the department tweeted. “Turn Around/Don’t Drown.”

Given intense storms over the weekend, the ground in many areas is already saturated, meaning additional rain causes floods to appear quicker. Heavy rain is expected through Tuesday.

Stuck on the Schuylkill Expressway East? Here is the reason why. Flooding #Philadelphia[6] #PHLwx[7] #flooding[8] #weather[9] pic.twitter.com/42WNY01tnN[10]

— Luke Reasoner (@lukereasoner) August 11, 2018[11]

A flash-flood warning went out earlier this morning for Southeastern Pennsylvania. It’s in effect through 12:45 p.m. Depending on where you were, you may have heard an end-times chorus of sirens:

good morning philly, today everyone on the train got flash flood alerts on their phones at the same exact time and there was a LOT of beeping

— carleeeey (@carleyryann) August 13, 2018[12]

HOLY BLEEPING BLEEP I HAD THE PHONE HOOKED UP TO THE CAR BLUETOOTH AND I DAMN NEAR DROVE OFF THE ROAD IT MUST BE WARNING ME OF A THERMONUCLEAR ATTACK NO WAIT ITS FLASH FLOOD WARNING GEE THANKS NOW IF THE WALT WHITMAN BRIDGE FLOODS IM GODDAMN WARNED

— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 13, 2018[13]

Even weathermen aren’t safe:

HERE WE GO AGAIN….another flash flood at the house. Official hate this summer. Please be safe do not drive or walk into rushing water. So much power.#rain[14] #flashflood[15] #summer[16] #nerves[17] #damage[18] #thunderstorm[19] #waterlogged[20] #meteorologist[21] #cantstopit[22] #deluge[23] pic.twitter.com/h9TpsF8Zaj[24]

— Adam Joseph (@6abcadamjoseph) August 13, 2018[25]

But if unbelievable videos are a reliable metric, New Jersey has fared even worse than Pennsylvania over the last few days. A bride and groom had to be rescued from their car on Saturday in Bergen.

And a Little Falls car dealership watched as cars were lifted off the lot and floated down the street by onrushing water.

Philadelphia International Airport is urging fliers to double-check that their flights haven’t been delayed before venturing out.

Endnotes:
  1. 6ABC: https://6abc.com/weather/flooding-kids-rescued-from-car;-pennsylvania-turnpike-shut-down/3945742/
  2. @KYWNewsradio: https://twitter.com/KYWNewsradio?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  3. pic.twitter.com/Q1r1y3jth2: https://t.co/Q1r1y3jth2
  4. August 13, 2018: https://twitter.com/KYWTraffic1060/status/1028995710878982144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  5. least a dozen vehicle rescues: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/Weather-Storms-Rain-Philadelphia-Pennsylvania-Flooding-Streets--490688801.html
  6. #Philadelphia: https://twitter.com/hashtag/Philadelphia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  7. #PHLwx: https://twitter.com/hashtag/PHLwx?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  8. #flooding: https://twitter.com/hashtag/flooding?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  9. #weather: https://twitter.com/hashtag/weather?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  10. pic.twitter.com/42WNY01tnN: https://t.co/42WNY01tnN
  11. August 11, 2018: https://twitter.com/lukereasoner/status/1028364282206056448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  12. August 13, 2018: https://twitter.com/carleyryann/status/1028992701293846528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  13. August 13, 2018: https://twitter.com/LesBowen/status/1028988170753458176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  14. #rain: https://twitter.com/hashtag/rain?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  15. #flashflood: https://twitter.com/hashtag/flashflood?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  16. #summer: https://twitter.com/hashtag/summer?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  17. #nerves: https://twitter.com/hashtag/nerves?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  18. #damage: https://twitter.com/hashtag/damage?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  19. #thunderstorm: https://twitter.com/hashtag/thunderstorm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  20. #waterlogged: https://twitter.com/hashtag/waterlogged?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  21. #meteorologist: https://twitter.com/hashtag/meteorologist?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  22. #cantstopit: https://twitter.com/hashtag/cantstopit?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  23. #deluge: https://twitter.com/hashtag/deluge?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
  24. pic.twitter.com/h9TpsF8Zaj: https://t.co/h9TpsF8Zaj
  25. August 13, 2018: https://twitter.com/6abcadamjoseph/status/1028994203915890689?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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