Bucks Co. flood plan in place

YARDLEY, Pa. - September 14, 2010 That wasn't the case in 2004, 2005 and 2006 when the business was flooded three times. Even before the river rose to near record levels, water backed up from storm drains and poured into basements and streets.

"We were already starting to flood before the river totally crested over the front embankment and with these check off valves it's going to give you a good 3 to 6 hours more time," said Tony Plescha of Charcoal Steaks N' Things.

The check off valves are finally coming. On Tuesday Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy said work is starting on at least 12 back flow preventers. $280,000 in federal funds will pay for the devices which are installed in outtake pipes and are designed to stop water from backing up through storm drains in floods up to 23-feet.

"Yardley was inundated for the third time in just 22 months if we had those back flow preventers then we could have kept 54 homes from flooding," Murphy said.

Homeowners like Ed Politi favor any help. A dialysis patient Politi had to evacuate during the floods and said there was little time.

"We got the first message that we'd able to get out by 7:00-8:00 that morning and we got a call at 5:30 saying that the water is flooded in the back we got to get you out of here," he explained. "I'm glad they're doing something it is a help."

Tim McVan said his home and his parents were hit hard.

"All three floods I've had over 4-feet in my living room so I mean it's definitely something that's going to slow it down."

Contractors will soon start installing the back flow preventers and the job should take about 6 weeks to complete.

Officials said they will go a long way to mitigate flood problems.

Copyright © 2020 WPVI-TV. All Rights Reserved.