Residents prepare for possible flooding

March 7, 2008 9:03:00 PM PST
Heavy rain is expected to cause some flooding, and residents along the Delaware River are getting ready."I called the troops and we're all going to start putting stuff away now," said Tim Smylie.

Having learned the hard way from three prior floods at his dad's house on River Road, Smylie and a group of relatives arrived this morning to begin moving his 90-year-old dad's possessions to higher and drier ground. They don't want to procrastinate the way they have in the past and be left with a soggy mess later.

"I see how that river is flowing and how high it is over the road. With all the rain they're talking about, I'm pretty sure we're going to get flooded," he said.

AccuWeather expects a couple of inches of rain from this storm Rivers and streams remain swollen from the rain that fell earlier this week. The ground also is nearly saturated, so flood watches have been posted for much of the area.

Yardley Boro put its emergency response team on notice. The community will be bringing in more police and notifying residents in the low-lying River Mawr section where the latest projections show there will be flooding and residents should prepare.

"Move their cars out, get their lawn furniture up, start getting things off their first floor, (and) evacuate their cellars," said Yardley Mayor Matt Sinberg.

River Road was open Friday, but the mayor says it'll likely be impassable by Saturday night.

"Morgan seems to be the lowest part in Yardley, and then you'll have the river come up and then if the canal also gets a lot of water, they'll actually meet," said Chris Cook.

A number of homes have already been raised above the flood plain, but even with flood gates and living space a story above the ground, the idea of more flooding has some residents nervous.

"We're still anxious. It's always a worry. More worried about people that aren't elevated, too," said Sue Duffy.

Click here to find watches and warnings around the area.

Click here to check StormTracker 6 Live.

And click here to check area river and stream levels.

Stay with Action News and AccuWeather throughout the weekend for the latest updates.


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