In Ida’s wake: Flooding incidents slowing but new concerns for weekend boaters

Written by on September 2, 2021

In Ida’s wake: Flooding incidents slowing but new concerns for weekend boaters 

By Hayden Mitman

September 2, 2021

Gas pumps are submerged in water as the Schuylkill River exceeds its bank in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Tropical Storm Ida passed through our region Wednesday, dumping up to 8 inches of rain in some places.  

Tonya Hook, community outreach coordinator for the Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency said emergency crews, as of Thursday afternoon, are still monitoring flooding. 

“Now, some areas are seeing water receding. There’s not as many issues with road closures. Things are getting better as the day goes on,” Hook said.

According to Hook, some of the communities most impacted by floodwaters were Upper Saucon, South Whitehall, Lower Macungie and Washington townships. 

During the storm, Hook said, emergency responders rescued about 30 people stranded in their vehicles along flooded roadways. 

Also, she said, firefighters were called to help pump floodwaters out of about 100 homes throughout the county. 

The National Weather Service said that, in Allentown, Jordan Creek waters rose to just over 10 feet at the height of the storm and the Little Lehigh rose to 9 feet.  

In Walnutport, Northampton County, the Lehigh River rose to over 13 feet and 19 feet in Bethlehem. 

The river crested to major flood stage in Glendon hitting just over 24 feet. In Easton, the Delaware river rose to minor flood stage at just over 22 feet.  

But the holiday weekend will bring a new set of concerns for boaters, Hook said.

“The number one concern is, you know, with the rivers being so high and heading into the holiday weekend, there’s a concern that people will go out on the rivers and possibly get stranded or overcome with how strong the currents are,” Hook said. 

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