Severe flash flooding along the Unami Creek triggered by the remnants of Hurricane Ida claimed a man’s life in upper Bucks County Wednesday, Pennsylvania State Police at Dublin said.
In a news release, troopers said 65-year-old Donald Allen Bauer of Perkiomenville, Montgomery County, drowned after his vehicle became submerged in flood waters.
A 54-year-old female passenger who was also in the vehicle was able to escape from it and survived, police said, adding that she was taken to St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus for treatment.
According to the news release, state police were first dispatched to the 1900 block of Trumbauersville Road around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday for a report of “a missing person from a vehicle that had driven into the flood waters of Unami Creek.”
After locating the vehicle–which was described as a 2013 Mazda CX9–and attempting a rescue, troopers said they and fire department personnel determined that “conditions were too severe” and postponed the rescue effort at 11:30 p.m.
At approximately 6 a.m. Thursday, along with fire department personnel and members of a water rescue team, troopers said they again attempted to retrieve the vehicle and subsequently found Bauer deceased inside it.
The news release indicated that the Bucks County Coroner’s Office pronounced Bauer dead at the scene at 10:10 a.m. determined that his cause of death was drowning.
The manner of Bauer’s death was determined to be accidental, it said.
Assisting state police with the investigation were the Troop M Forensic Services Unit, the Pennsylvania Boat Commission’s Water Conservation Officer, the Point Pleasant Fire Company Dive 41 Rescue, the Ottsville Fire Company Special Service 94, the Ottsville Fire Police Quick Response Service (QRS) Unit and the Trumbauersville Fire Company.
Lehigh Valley Live reported that Bauer died while driving home from watching his daughter compete in a Moravian University women’s volleyball match at DeSales University in Center Valley.
According to the National Weather Service, much of Bucks County received in excess of seven inches of rain when the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through the region.
In neighboring Hunterdon County, N.J., it was reported that a man drowned in his vehicle, which was found in a creek near the Delaware River in Milford.