Officials still fear flooding throughout the Lehigh Valley

Written by on September 3, 2021

Officials still fear flooding throughout the Lehigh Valley

By Megan Frank

September 3, 2021

Marine unit police officer Robert Jonah walks through flood waters from the Schuylkill River on Main Street, Thursday, May 1, 2014, in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. Heavy rains sent rivers and streams over their banks, flooding low-lying areas in Philadelphia and surrounding counties and forcing the evacuation of several apartment complexes and many rescues. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Flood waters took the life of the father of a Moravian University student Wednesday as he was heading home from a college volleyball game. 

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Since many roads are still underwater, emergency management officials want people to avoid travel. 

State police said Donald Allen Bauer, 65, accidentally drove into the flood waters of Unami Creek in Milford Township. 

The Perkiomenville man’s death was ruled an accidental drowning.

Audrey Kenny, emergency services director for Bucks County, said more than 5,000 9-1-1 calls came in during the storm. The county tapped Bethlehem’s first responder crews for backup.

“There were a lot of folks who ended up in high water. Pulling people out of apartments overtaken by water. At one point we bought boats in from the City of Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township,” Kenny said.

Kenny said the danger isn’t over.  With the holiday weekend ahead, she said people should avoid traveling and give crews time to clear roads.

Emergency management officials agree, saying more flooding is possible.

“The Delaware River and the Neshaminy Creek are our two biggest concerns, especially the communities along those waterways,” Bucks County Commissioner Robert Harvey said, “There’s still a risk for flooding.” 

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