Cleanup underway, more rain possible after flooding in Philly and South Jersey
Several inches of rain was dumped on the Philly area on Monday, causing major flooding around the region.
Streets were flooded, homes and businesses were soaked, and some people even had to be rescued from their cars around the Philadelphia area due to heavy rains walloping the region.
In Delaware County, crowded streets were flooded and cars were washed away.
In South Jersey, entire neighborhoods were flooded and homes and cars were see sunken in feet of water, including in neighborhoods of Brick Township.
"The morning storms have caused extensive flooding throughout the township which has resulted in over 100 evacuations by Police, EMS and Fire Departments in the Green Briar I Community," said Brick Township Police Department Chief James Riccio in a statement. "Citizens are asked to remain off of the roads and remain home as more severe storms are expected this afternoon and early evening."
Brick Township had the highest reported rainfall – about 7.63 inches.
Parts of the King of Prussia mall were slightly flooded, while police and fellow citizens helped rescue people caught in the waters from the flood around the area, including in Upper Darby.
"One gentleman tied some bed sheets together and tied it off to a railing to help rescue those stranded on Marshall Road," the Upper Darby Police Department said on Twitter. "Another gentleman rescued a baby from a vehicle but he quickly left so we could not get his name."
One Upper Darby cop even was swept away by floodwaters at one point, suffering minor injuries, the National Weather Service said.
We have heard many instances of citizens rescuing citizens. One gentleman tied some bed sheets together and tied it off to a railing to help rescue those stranded on Marshall Road. Another gentleman rescued a baby from a vehicle but he quickly left so we could not get his name— Upper Darby Police (@UDPolice) August 13, 2018
Most of UD roads are clear now. TY to the many patrol officers, private citizens and emergency responders that saved several citizens in today's flash floods. Cops were losing equipment right off their belt. An officer is being treated at hospital as he was almost swept away.— Upper Darby Police (@UDPolice) August 13, 2018
Dramatic video of @UDPolice and two Good Samaritans forming a human chain, holding tied bed sheets to rescue a grandmother trapped in her car during Monday’s flash floods @6abc pic.twitter.com/v3ZF0WI6f3— Christie Ileto (@Christie_Ileto) August 14, 2018
It's unknown if more flooding is possible but continued rainstorms are in the forecast on Tuesday for the region.
The heaviest rainfall hit the following areas:
-7.83" Brick Township, NJ
-5.56" Howell/Southard, NJ
-4.30" Ancient Oaks, Pa.
-4.10" Wayne, Pa.
-3.76" Richmond Township, Pa.
-2.98" Upper Uwchlan Township, Pa.
-2.69" Howell, NJ
-2.45" Dowington, PA
-2.43" Chadds Ford, Pa.
-2.34" South Harrison Township, Pa.