WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pennsylvania (AP) – A sudden flash flood flooded roads in southeastern Pennsylvania, washed away several cars and killed at least four people. Three others, including a 9-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, are still missing, officials said.
Bucks County Upper Makefield Township officials said torrential rain hit the Washington Crossing area around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Other parts of the East Coast, including Vermont, also experienced heavy rain. Officials said landslides could become a problem on Sunday as the state grapples with more rain following days of flooding.
“With more rain in Vermont, my team and I are continuing to monitor the situation. There is a statewide flash flood warning today. Stay vigilant and be prepared,” said Phil Scott. the governor said.
A strong storm on Sunday caused hundreds of flights to be canceled at airports in the New York City area, according to tracking service Flightaware. More than 300 flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey alone, and more than 160 flights were canceled at Kennedy International Airport in New York. Hundreds of flights were also delayed.
The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings and tornado warnings for parts of Connecticut, western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. A tornado warning has been issued for areas along the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border.
Thousands of blackouts were also reported in the region.
Flooding forced Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport to close its terminals on Sunday. The small airport, which is served daily commercial flights by Avero Airlines, said in a Twitter post that the terminal was closed until further notice. Several flight delays were reported. Flash floods have been reported in New Haven and several roads are believed to be impassable, according to the National Weather Service.
Some roads in northern New Jersey were closed on Sunday as they worked to repair pieces of concrete that had buckled under the stress of heavy rain and flooding. A local stream washed away the walkway, and a landslide blocked the walkway along Route 46. The main street was a mess of water and rocks covered in brown sludge.
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, a sudden torrential rain hit Upper Makefield Township, killing people.
Fire Chief Tim Brewer told reporters the area received about 6 1/2 to 7 inches of rain in 45 minutes.
“In my 44 years of life, I have never seen anything like this,” he said. “When the water came up, it came up really fast. I think I did.”
There were about 11 cars on the road at the time, three of which were swept away. There was about four to five feet of water on the road. Brewer said four bodies had been found and three people, a woman and two children, were missing as of noon Sunday.
“One family was severely affected,” Brewer said, without specifying the relationship of the victims.
Eight people were rescued from the car and two from the stream, he said.
All three vehicles were later found, but no one was found inside. One was about 2.5 miles from where the creek entered.
“We’re treating this as a rescue, but we’re pretty confident we’re in recovery mode at this point,” Brewer said.
About 150 people searched the creek at night, and 100 joined on Sunday morning, walking along the creek, he said.
Vermont, meanwhile, has been recovering from the heavy rains of the past few days.
The Vermont Department of Transportation announced that while 12 state highways remain closed, 12 state highways are partially one-lane open and 87 previously closed state highways have reopened.
The agency said 211 bridge inspections were completed in the affected areas this week, with four state bridges now closed and four town structures closed.
Railroad lines throughout Vermont were also damaged by rain and flooding, transportation officials said. The agency said it had reopened 57 miles of rail line and remained closed to 64 miles of rail line.
“Our crew has been working tirelessly this week to repair damaged state highways and bridges and restore the state’s transportation infrastructure for Vermonters and visitors to the state,” said Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn. I have worked in the
Heavy rains weren’t the only extreme weather plaguing the United States A scorching heat wave that hits the southwest of the United States has put about a third of Americans on or under some form of heat alert. This includes the extreme temperatures of the hottest place on earth, Death Valley, which runs along part of the Nevada border in central California. Las Vegas also faced the possibility of reaching all-time highs on Sunday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday issued air pollution warnings for several states ranging from Montana to Ohio due to smoke billowing in from wildfires in Canada.
The National Weather Service said “air quality warnings are in effect for much of the Great Lakes, Midwest and Northern Highlands.” “This is because smoke from wildfires in Canada remains thick in these areas.”
In this article, the town name has been corrected to Upper Makefield.
Philadelphia-based Associated Press reporter Ron Todd. David Collins lives in Hartford, Connecticut. Patrick Whittle of Portland, Maine. and Leah Willingham of Charleston, WV contributed to this article.
https://www.wtaj.com/news/regional-news/ap-a-flash-flood-on-a-pennsylvania-road-claims-3-lives-4-others-including-a-baby-are-missing/ Flash floods on Pennsylvania roads kill three people.Four others, including an infant, are missing