Pa. officials warn of flash flooding risks in the wake of Hurricane Ida’s wrath

Written by on September 2, 2021

 Pa. officials warn of flash flooding risks in the wake of Hurricane Ida’s wrath

By Tyler Pratt

September 2, 2021

A vehicle is under water during flooding in 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)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Heavy rain affected many areas of Pennsylvania overnight as the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped several inches of rain across the commonwealth. 

State agencies reported accidents along roadways and some limited evacuations from low-lying areas in the state’s southwest. 

Locally, police scanners chattered all night about water rescues, flooded roads and stranded drivers.

Pennsylvania State Police Major Robert Krol warned people to continue to stay away from any flowing water in the days to come as some areas may be dealing with the aftermath for several weeks.

“Some people tend to underestimate the force and power of the water. A mere six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. A foot of moving water can carry away a vehicle, and two feet will take most SUVs and trucks,” Krol said. 

This week, Gov. Tom Wolf deployed 100 National Guard troops and emergency crews, to assist anyone facing hazards including rising water.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director (PEMA) Randy Padfield says state assistance is available to home and business owners affected by the storm.

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