Flooding causes rescues, evacuations, closed roads
Some drivers were saved from submerged cars.
DARBY, Pa. (AP) -- Torrential rain and flash flooding in the Philadelphia region Sunday morning caused airport delays, transit stoppages, apartment evacuations and a few vehicle rescues, officials said.
No injuries were reported in the wake of the storm that moved through southeast Pennsylvania starting about 7 a.m. The storm also caused the closure of the Broad Street subway in Philadelphia, as well as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's regional railways.
Parts of the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia were also blocked, as were other area roads.
Flood-prone Darby received 5 inches of rain, causing flooding that filled the basements and part of the first floors of four apartment buildings, officials said. The borough declared a state of emergency and the American Red Cross was helping the approximately 80 families with 250 people who were displaced, Mayor Paula Brown said.
"Some just got it in their basement, but we have a lot of people who lost everything," Brown said. She added that more than 10 feet of water filled the basement and part of the first floor of some residences.
Two inches of rain fell at Philadelphia International Airport, causing delays of about an hour Sunday morning, airport spokesman Mark Pesce said.
In Lower Merion, rescuers used boats to help several drivers stranded when their cars were submerged, WCAU-TV reported.
The heaviest rain had moved into southern New Jersey by 10 a.m.
By the time the rains reached the Garden State, much of their force had dissipated, the weather service and authorities in Burlington and Somerset counties said. No serious flooding or weather-related problems were reported in southern or northern New Jersey.
Flooding was reported along Manatawny Creek in Montgomery County, Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia, Valley Creek in Chester County and Crum Creek in Delaware County, officials said.
Birdsboro, Berks County, received 4 inches of rain during the storm, Miller said.
Some parts of central Pennsylvania reported 3 to 4 inches of rain overnight, with minor flooding along creeks and riverbanks, according to the National Weather Service in State College.
Hurricane Floyd destroyed 337 homes and 53 businesses in Darby in September 1999.
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