Reader Videos, Photos Show Dramatic Flash Flooding in Lower Saucon

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Credit: Heather Boyle Miller

Flash flooding struck parts of the Wassergass section of Lower Saucon Township on Aug. 11, 2018.

This is a still image of a video recording by Heather Boyle Miller of flash flooding in the Wassergass section of Lower Saucon Township Saturday.

Credit: Heather Boyle Miller

A video recorded by a Saucon Source reader outside her home near Easton and Lower Saucon roads in Lower Saucon Township shows the extent of the flash flooding which affected parts of the area Saturday.

Heather Boyle Miller recorded this video of flood waters raging through her backyard:

The flash flooding of the east branch of the Saucon Creek caused property damage, led to temporary road closures/detours and necessitated at least one water rescue.

It also caused structural damage to an Easton Road bridge–the metal grate bridge at Ringhoffer Road–which is now closed indefinitely.

On the other side of the township, off Meadows Road near Rt. 412, more than forty people attending a wedding reception at The Meadows banquet hall had to be evacuated by a water rescue team after the Saucon Creek overspilled its banks and began to flood the facility’s low-lying parking lot.

The video below was recorded by Alison Thergesen Mitchell and shows Meadows Road flooded between Rt. 412 and the Meadows Road bridge (which was already closed). Beyond that the lights of emergency vehicles involved in the water rescue are visible.

A number of vehicles in the lot were left submerged by the flood waters, but there were no injuries reported as a result of the flooding.

As of Sunday morning all flood watches and warnings issued for the area by the National Weather Service have expired, however rain remains in the forecast, and additional rain could lead to more flooding.

In a hazardous weather outlook statement Sunday, the NWS said heavy rain from showers and thunderstorms could lead to localized flooding today and tonight.

On Monday and again on Tuesday there is a 70 percent chance of heavy rain, thunderstorms andpatchy fog, according to the current forecast for Allentown.

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