DARBY, Pennsylvania, USA – Night rains caused sudden floods in central and eastern Pennsylvania on Monday, which caused water to enter the houses and to close a section of an interstate highway.
Several streets were closed in a wide stretch of the state, from Williamsport to the suburbs of Philadelphia, and some drivers had to be rescued, emergency and road management officials said.
Hazel Coles said the water rose so fast at her home in Darby, outside of Philadelphia, that she had to climb out a window. He said there was almost 90 centimeters (3 feet) of water in his street and that some people had to be evacuated by boat. The Red Cross helped with the displaced residents, he added.
“It’s just crazy,” he said. “I thank God that it was not worse.”
Police in Bloomsburg activated a mandatory eviction siren on Monday afternoon for hundreds of people in the western part of the city after the Fishing Creek River overflowed and the water level rose rapidly.
Bloomsburg, a community of 15,000 residents located about 209 kilometers (130 miles) northwest of Philadelphia, evacuated some of its residents a month ago because of the high water levels at Fishing Creek and the Susquehanna River.
National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Tyburski said the most recent rains followed weeks of a stationary climate that attracts moisture from the Atlantic Ocean, constantly affecting some communities.
“The last three weeks have been complicated for them,” Tyburski said.
Storms are forecast to continue and will cause flooding in the central-south, central-north and eastern parts of the state until Wednesday.
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