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Water Recedes, Flooding Continues in LP

Despite state laws and signs marking the danger, drivers proceeded through wet roads along Pawlings today near the Schuylkill River Bridge. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy
Flooding hit New Jersey hard this week. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy
Hoy Park was well under water as Lower Providence Township suffered heavy rains Wednesday and Thursday. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy
LP Township warned area drivers to use caution as many township roads were closed as of 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy
Flooding at the county's line was still high along Pawlings Road as of Thursday afternoon. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy

Lower Providence Township residents were called and emailed this morning via the township’s community alert system. With the wet weather, area creeks and runs crested well over flood levels, causing a disruption in travel along several area roadways.

As of Thursday afternoon, most had reopened, with the exception of high flooding still running around Pawlings Road, right at the county and township border with Chester County.

“A flood warning continues for the region,” warned the community alert system from the township. “Moderate flooding is occurring and major flooding is forecast. The following roads are closed in the Township due to flooding: Ridge Pike at the Collegeville Bridge, 300 block of River Road, the Arcola Road and Level Road intersection, Pinetown Road off Egypt Road, and Pawlings Road at the Schuylkill River Bridge.”

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Township officials asked residents to stay off of roadways and delay travel if possible this morning.

“There all numerous roads closed throughout the region making travel difficult and slow,” said the call and email issued by the township. “The Township Board of Supervisors are asking for your cooperation with your morning commute. If you do not have to travel, please stay home.”

Methacton School District operated on a usual schedule, with no delay due to the flooding.

Water had receded along Level and Arcola roads, though the creek’s rushing waters were right near the property lines. Water at Pinetown, near Egypt Road, had also gone down drastically, though muddied roadways, flattened grass and very wet lawns showed the aftermath of very high waters of the Perkiomen Creek.

Pennsylvania state law requires drivers to “turn around, don’t drown,” though many travelers in the area of the Schuylkill River Bridge along Pawlings were not heeding the barricaded warnings.

Not only could drivers be cited for the offense, but they risk their and rescue crews’ lives should a water rescue be required. Lower Providence residents are reminded of these laws and should continue to use caution in the flooded areas.

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