Torrential rain from a slow-moving line of thunderstorms that trained across the Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh areas Saturday afternoon resulted in flash flooding in the Wassergass area of eastern Lower Saucon Township.
Numerous roads were closed due to flooding at least temporarily, and at least one water rescue was reported on Easton Road, which was flooded by the east branch of the Saucon Creek in the area of Kunsmans Corners. A number of yards in that area became lakes, after inches of rain fell in a matter of just a couple hours and runoff from nearby hills overwhelmed the normally placid stream.
Lower Saucon Road–a primary north-south thoroughfare in Wassergass–was closed from Alpine Drive to Easton Road until flood waters receded. However, washout debris remained strewn across parts of the roadway as well as other roads in that area, including Alpine Drive, Apple Street and Mockingbird Hill Road.
On Easton Road by Ringhoffer Road, flooding caused structural damage to the metal grate bridge by the Lower Saucon Sportsmen’s Association property, and the bridge will remain closed indefinitely, township authorities said. As of 5 p.m. Easton Road was closed at Mockingbird Hill Road.
PennDOT is in the process of setting up detours around the closure, according to a Lower Saucon Township Police Department post on their Crimewatch page.
Hellertown borough seemed to have been spared the worst of the flooding, although creeks in the area rose dramatically as a result of the deluge, and with additional rainfall they could crest above flood stage.
A flash flood warning means flooding is occuring or is imminent.
The heavy rain Saturday also impacted an event many Saucon Valley residents were or will be attending: Musikfest in nearby Bethlehem.
The festival temporarily closed Saturday afternoon and the festival grounds near the Monocacy Creek were evacuated, but as of 4 p.m. it had reopened, according to a Facebook post.
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