As a cold front slowly moved to the south across the Mid-Atlantic region Sunday night, a heavy area of training rain was triggered over Philadelphia and across areas to the west and east. This rain has dumped three to four-plus inches on these areas in the past 24 hours, and has led to numerous reports of flooding in and around the city.
This yard in Mount Holly, New Jersey was flooded due to the overnight rains. This unfortunately led to an inflow of water into this homeowner’s basement.
— Matt DeLucia (@MattDeLucia) June 11, 2018
Also in Mount Holly a few roads became flooded early Monday morning, trapping people in their cars and forcing them to climb outside and onto their roofs to seek help.
Even a major highway became flooded at one point–the eastbound side of Interstate-76 near Route 23 in Pennsylvania. By midnight, the road was covered with four to five feet of water, which required the Pennsyvannia Department of Transportation to perform water rescues for trapped drivers. These drivers have been reported to have been stuck for hours in the flood waters, and issues continue during this morning’s commute.
Some of the aerial rivers also featured problems. Numerous reached minor flood stage, with the Frankford Creek in Philadelphia reaching major flood stage, the most severe stage on the spectrum. This river rapidly rose from a water level of less than 2 feet of up to 13.56 feet, which is just short of the record of 13.9 feet from September 28th, 2004. This most recent crest now makes it the second highest on record for this river gauge.
Thankfully, the area will dry out today as the rain moves to the south, which may bring some severe thunderstorms to the southern Mid-Atlantic region this Monday.
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