Floodwaters recede as another storm heads for Philadelphia region Friday

Thursday, January 11, 2024
Crews work to clean Kelly Drive after flooding ahead of new storm expected Friday
Crews work to clean Kelly Drive after flooding ahead of new storm expected Friday

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The floodwaters are receding, but the impact of Tuesday's storm is behind some lingering issues.

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Power problems persist in parts of the region as crews in other areas are still trying to clean up the mud and debris left behind on the roads.

Adding to the urgency is the next round of rain, which is expected to arrive Friday night.

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Meteorologist Karen Rogers says the next storm could bring more damaging winds, including gusts up to 55 mph, and more flooding as the ground is still saturated and waterways haven't had time to recover.

Overnight Wednesday, the Delaware River at Burlington crested at a record 11.99 feet, which is considered a "major flood stage."

Delaware River at U.S. Coast Guard Station in Philadelphia | Source: National Weather Service

Road closures and power outages affected folks throughout the county as many began cleaning up the storm damage.

Crews spent the day Wednesday clearing trees and debris from roads and front yards.

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In New Jersey, crews are working on downed lines as well as a pole and a tree that came down during the storm.

Several roads are still closed in Harrison Township and throughout Gloucester County as utility crews try to restore power and remove trees that have fallen.

Action News spoke to one woman in Mantua who lost power on Tuesday night and is still waiting for it to come on. She has no water because she has a well - and no heat.

She also said the storm was intense.

Nearly 221,000 PECO customers have been impacted by power outages since the storm and more than 11,000 customers are still being affected.

Atlantic City Electric has about 5800 customers still without power, adding that this storm cleanup has been labor intensive and time consuming. However, the company estimates most customer should have power restored by Thursday night.

Of course by then the next round of storms could be coming through - communities are bracing for more rain on already saturated ground.