The Southern Chester County Weeklies (http://www.southernchestercountyweeklies.com)

Scores of roads still closed in southern Chester County


Thursday, May 1, 2014

As heavy rains flooded roads and homes throughout the county Wednesday, the Chester County Department of Emergency Services advised residents Thursday morning that the storm is not over.

According to the department, 5.5 inches of rain fell in Chester County as of Thursday morning.

Flood warnings remain in effect for all urban areas and small streams in Chester County until 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Department officials said water will continue to rise and will go down very slowly.

The department reported no injuries or deaths in the county relating to the storm.

Residents on county roadways were reminded by the department to “turn around, don’t drown.”

“Don’t drive through water on the roads,” officials said. “There is no way to tell how deep the water is. When you drive through water you put your life and the lives of all of our emergency responders at risk.”

The department issued a statement alerting residents that a flood recovery guide will be posted to the county website at www.chesco.org/des. The guide will provide information on food safety, sewage, and a variety of other topics.

Roads closed include Route 926, Route 82, Route 1 and Route 1 Bypass, Route 30 Bypass, Route 401, Route 841, Route 322, Route 23 and Route 272.

There were 233 fire incidents reported including 62 water rescues, three residential rescues, and eight wires. There were 1,014 police incidents.

According to the department, PECO reported 569 power outages in the county.

Areas Evacuated included the Avondale Apartments, Meredith Court-Modena Borough, homes on Cottage Lane in East Bradford Township, the 100 Block Pratts Dam Road in West Brandywine Township and Saw Mill Road off of Mortonville in East Fallowfied.