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September 13, 2011 | Associated Press
Roads remained closed in the northeastern United States on Monday and some rivers were still flooded, days after heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee washed over the region. It could be Wednesday before the Passaic River in New Jersey falls below flood stage, forecasters said. Moderate flooding persisted, and a flood warning was in effect at two places along the river, Pine Brook and Little Falls. The flooding forced hundreds of New Jerseyans from their homes. The fact that Lee followed so quickly after Hurricane Irene further slowed restoration efforts.
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September 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning flooding that closed roads is likely to get worse in some areas, as rivers keep rising, in some cases until Friday morning. That means some places might still have flooding Saturday. The Delaware River is the biggest worry, predicted to rise more than 11 feet above flood stage at Easton. Here's a list of overflowing rivers and when they should crest, according to the National Weather Service. SCHUYLKILL - At Philadelphia , should crest at 14 feet, 3 feet above flood stage, at 7 p.m. today.
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August 28, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flashing flooding that prompted calls for water rescues overnight is expected to be followed by lasting flooding problems Sunday — and beyond. Boats were brought in overnight to try to get to people trapped by rising water in cars, homes and apartments in Upper Moreland, Abington, Willow Grove and other parts of Montgomery County, according to a dispatcher. As of 3 a.m., Chester Creek was already about eight feet over flood stage and still rising. McDade Boulevard in Darby was also underwater as Darby Creek overflowed.
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October 31, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the first day of a massive clean up begins, Sandy has not yet finished inflicting damage across the Philadelphia area. Winds are still strong enough to topple trees on already saturated ground, adding to staggering totals of power outages, even though the former hurricane was in Western Pennsylvania on its way into New York State this morning. Runoff and additional rain will continue to add to flooding worries, although the suburban flooding seems to be less than feared because of low water levels in creeks and rivers before the storm.
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September 8, 2011 | By Anthony R. Wood, Kia Gregory, and Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In the 42 years that Amy Smith has lived in the Washington Crossing area, Thursday marked the first time that she had to leave her house by boat. In a scene that has become disturbingly common throughout the region during a seemingly interminable spell of rain, Smith was one of several residents near the Delaware River rescued with Zodiac boats in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County. "The flooding happened quicker than we expected," Smith said. The latest assault from nature set off a mud slide that closed the Schuylkill Expressway; turned Downingtown, Chester County, into a borough divided; inundated the Ambler area in Montgomery County with five feet of water, causing two building collapses; and turned normally busy roads into clogged waterways.
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August 30, 2011 | Staff Report
Area utilities have made headway in restoring power to more than 1.5 million customers who lost electricity because of Hurricane Irene, but they say some may have to wait until the start of the weekend for the lights to go back on. As of this morning, more than 180,000 utility customers in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware were still without power. The utilities say they expect to have most of those customers still without electricity in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania back online by Wednesday night, but a percentage will to wait until at least Friday night for the power to return.
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February 27, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
Flood warnings remained in effect Thursday afternoon in parts of the region, with the Schuylkill at Norristown and the Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford sloshing over their banks. Meanwhile a few thousand customers remained without power, the aftermath of potent thunderstorms that thrashed the region, bringing heavy rain and damanging winds to the area. A gust of 63 mph was reported in Elverson, Chester County, and the storm knocked down trees and power lines. There were reports of motorists stranded in high water, and police departments were urging drivers to be on the lookout for roads blocked by water or wires.
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May 20, 2011 | By Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press
VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Mississippi River crested at more than 14 feet above flood stage in Vicksburg on Thursday, a slightly lower level than expected, easing worries about water potentially spilling over a nearby levee and inundating thousands more acres of farmland. But officials warned that the flood was by no means over. The river was expected to stay at its crest for several days before beginning a slow retreat. It could remain above flood stage until mid-June. "The crest is by no means the end of it," said Col. Jeffrey R. Eckstein, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District.
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September 5, 2011 | By Darlene Superville, Associated Press
PATERSON, N.J. - President Obama on Sunday stood on a bridge overlooking the rain-swollen and fast-rushing Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey's third-largest city, and said the federal government would work to rebuild towns recovering from Hurricane Irene's wrath. The Passaic, which had washed over the bridge, swept through the once-booming factory town of 150,000, flooding the downtown and forcing hundreds to evacuate. More than 100 people had to be rescued from the rising waters after the storm over the Aug. 27-28 weekend.
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March 11, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day-and-a-half of rain has created a landscape of shifting misery, from closed roads around the region this morning to riverside flooding that could persist into Saturday. One death was reported in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, after the body of David Sallada, 74, was recovered from a car swept into a creek. He'd driven around barricades blocking a flooded road, the county coroner said. Overnight, Brandywine Creek overflowed overnight, closing roads from Chadds Ford to Downingtown, and prompting the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District to cancel classes today.
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February 27, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
Flood warnings remained in effect Thursday afternoon in parts of the region, with the Schuylkill at Norristown and the Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford sloshing over their banks. Meanwhile a few thousand customers remained without power, the aftermath of potent thunderstorms that thrashed the region, bringing heavy rain and damanging winds to the area. A gust of 63 mph was reported in Elverson, Chester County, and the storm knocked down trees and power lines. There were reports of motorists stranded in high water, and police departments were urging drivers to be on the lookout for roads blocked by water or wires.
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January 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood watch until 10 p.m. Thursday. --- After the most frigid temperatures in two decades, an ice jam developed on the Delaware River near Trenton, and the National Weather Service warned that it might precipitate flooding in the next two days. The weather service on Wednesday posted a flood warning for parts of Bucks and Mercer Counties after the ice jam formed about a mile south of the Route 1 bridge and the river approached the 20-foot flood stage.
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June 11, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Heavy rainstorms snarled traffic through the Philadelphia area Monday and delayed the start of the practice round of the 113th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. The National Weather Service, which posted various flood watches and warnings for the entire region, reported more than an inch of rain falling within two hours in some parts of the region. The East Branch of the Perkiomen reached 7.2 feet at Schwenksville just after 12:30 p.m., or 0.2 inches above flood stage, and was continuing to rise.
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April 21, 2013 | By Jim Suhr and Jim Salter, Associated Press
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - The fast-rising Mississippi River made travel difficult Saturday, on the water as well as for those simply trying to cross it. The Mississippi, Missouri, and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since heavy rains drenched the region over the last few days. At least two deaths were blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, and crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away. The National Weather Service predicted what it characterized as major flooding on the Mississippi from the Quad Cities through just north of St. Louis by the weekend, with similar projections farther south into early in the week.
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October 31, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the first day of a massive clean up begins, Sandy has not yet finished inflicting damage across the Philadelphia area. Winds are still strong enough to topple trees on already saturated ground, adding to staggering totals of power outages, even though the former hurricane was in Western Pennsylvania on its way into New York State this morning. Runoff and additional rain will continue to add to flooding worries, although the suburban flooding seems to be less than feared because of low water levels in creeks and rivers before the storm.
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September 23, 2012
Senate confirms Obama nominees WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed President Obama's nominees to serve as ambassadors to Iraq and Pakistan. By voice vote early Saturday, lawmakers backed the selection of Richard Olson to be U.S. envoy in Pakistan. Olson's appointment comes as a tenuous relationship between Islamabad and Washington has been complicated by anti-American protests in Pakistani cities against an anti-Islam film. The Senate also backed Robert Beecroft for the post in Iraq.
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September 25, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scattered rain showers and minor flooding hit parts of the Philadelphia area Saturday, but with the heaviest precipitation offshore, the region was spared any major headaches. More rain is in the forecast, however, and officials at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said problems could develop Sunday, when heavier and steadier precipitation is possible. "The greatest impact will be near the coast," according to a weather service report issued Saturday afternoon.
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September 24, 2011 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Scattered rain showers and minor flooding plagued parts of the Philadelphia area Saturday, but with the heaviest precipitation occurring off-shore the region was spared any major headaches. More rain is in the forecast, however, and officials at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly said additional problems could develop Sunday when heavier and steadier precipitation is possible. "The greatest impact will be near the coast," according to a weather service report issued Saturday afternoon.
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September 13, 2011 | Associated Press
Roads remained closed in the northeastern United States on Monday and some rivers were still flooded, days after heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee washed over the region. It could be Wednesday before the Passaic River in New Jersey falls below flood stage, forecasters said. Moderate flooding persisted, and a flood warning was in effect at two places along the river, Pine Brook and Little Falls. The flooding forced hundreds of New Jerseyans from their homes. The fact that Lee followed so quickly after Hurricane Irene further slowed restoration efforts.
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September 12, 2011
HARRISBURG - As major flooding receded over the weekend, it was hard not to think back to June 1972, when Hurricane Agnes, even though downgraded to Tropical Storm Agnes, devastated the capital. It happened fast, without much warning. Gov. Milton Shapp and his wife, Muriel, left the nearly new governor's mansion in a boat. A city block of homes near the mansion burned while standing in 6 feet of water because firefighters couldn't get close. The city was inundated, its newspaper shut down.
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