Flash flooding Saturday evening in the Bucks County area near Washington Crossing Road inundated highways and blocked roads, prompting rescue efforts that killed at least four people and killed at least four people, officials said. Four others went missing. ABC 6,
Authorities say two women and a man were killed in the Washington Crossing area in Upper Makefield Township. However, the identity of the fourth victim was not released.
Upper Mayfield officials noted that the missing people were a family consisting of two adults, a 2-year-old child and a 9-month-old child.
CBS News Philadelphia It was told that the water level is about five feet above the ground.
Officials said several Marine units were dispatched for search-and-rescue operations following reports of cars stuck in flooded streets.
CBS News It was also reported that three and a half to four inches of rain fell on the area in about two hours on Saturday afternoon, causing several road closures in both Upper and Lower Makefield Townships.
The Bucks County Coroner’s Office said: “There are still a few people missing.”
Police said: “They’ve had a long night now and plan to release more information.”
Newtown Township Police said in a post on Facebook that they are assisting the Upper Makefield Township Police Department in the search and rescue operation.
The authorities have also requested citizens to heed a circular about not traveling through flooded roads to allow emergency personnel to operate safely.
Upper Mayfield police said in a Facebook update that there was flooding in several places in the township.
“In Lower Makefield Township, many roads are impassable due to extreme flooding and will be closed for an extended period of time,” officials said.
Yardley’s Nick Primola said, “There were about five to seven minutes when, in fact, the skies opened up, sending cars being flung, overturned and abandoned onto local roads.”
He said, “I think it was just lucky timing because the guys who were there maybe 10 minutes ago, they weren’t so lucky. They didn’t really get any warning and they got caught in it.”
“I hadn’t seen anything this quick before. I mean it’s an area with a lot of waterways, so people are used to flooding, but I think that’s why it hit people who were driving.” were driving,” he said.