Heavy Rain, Roadway Flooding Likely Thursday

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The third rainstorm to affect the Saucon Valley area in a week will likely produce some roadway flooding, especially in areas of poor drainage, the National Weather Service warned in a Flood Watch statement issued Wednesday.

“Rainfall totals of one to two inches with isolated three inch amounts are expected,” the statement said.

Due to the recent heavy rains that have recently fallen “the ground remains wet, and rivers and streams continue to run high,” it added. “The moderate to heavy rain will likely result in some roadway flooding along with flooding in areas of poor drainage on Thursday. Isolated instances of flash flooding may occur, especially in urban areas.”

In addition to roadway flooding, residents who live near waterways should be on alert, the NWS said.

“Some small streams and creeks may leave their banks Thursday afternoon into Thursday night,” the flood watch statement said. “Minor to moderate flooding could then occur along a number of larger rivers late Thursday night into Friday. The river flooding could persist through the weekend.”

The flood watch will be in effect from 8 a.m. Thursday until Friday afternoon.

Heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms is forecast to overspread the region early Thursday, along with cooler temperatures in the 50s.

Accuweather reported Wednesday that in southeastern Pennsylvania, “the strongest storms will bring the potential for damaging wind gusts, hail and isolated tornadoes.”

Residents should continue monitor local weather forecasts for updates on the storm.

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