Police & Fire

Water Rescue Called For 1 Adult, 3 Children in LP

Rising waters in area creeks, after a flood advisory was issued by the National Weather Service for the Lower Providence Township area, caused the need for four stranded residents to require a water rescue in the area of Gertrude Avenue at Wetherill Road. Credits: Melissa S. Treacy

Due to wet weather throughout the Township, rescue crews were called out on Wednesday night around 6:18 p.m. in the area of Gertrude Avenue and Whetherill Road for a “water rescue.”

According to reports, residents in a house close to Pawlings Road, in the 1500 block of Gertrude Avenue, were flooded and stranded in their home. Lower Providence Fire Department, Engine 53, reported to the scene and requested that a ladder be brought in to access residents via a window. A ladder truck and crew responded via Wetherrill Road in an attempt to reach the home.

Traffic is being stopped at Pawlings Road and Pawlings Circle so that crews have complete access to the area.

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Three children and an adult needed to be rescued, according to fire rescue crews.

No additional information is available at this time as crews attempt to rescue the stranded residents. Lower Providence Township residents in and around the area are asked to use caution in the flooded area.

Neighboring homes’ residents are being notified of the problem, with surrounding roadways currently blocked to through traffic.

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