Schuylkill River, Perkiomen Creek Flood Over Trails, Roadways

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA — The latest storm hammering the greater Philadelphia region has caused major flooding on several area waterways, including the Schuylkill River, Perkiomen Creek, and Wissahickon Creek.

Perkiomen Creek

Perkiomen Valley High School was shut down on Wednesday, and Methacton High School opened two hours late due to the flooding of the creek.

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At Graterford, the creek peaked at 13.57 feet overnight, which is about 10 feet higher than its pre storm level, according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

The 13.57 feet height is considered to be “moderate” flooding. The NWS says levels had returned to the “action” stage of 9 feet by 11 a.m. Thursday.

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Park Avenue in Schwenksville, the Perkiomen Trail in numerous places, Graterford Road, and Penitentiary Bridge are all flooded and closed. Central Perkiomen Park in Collegeville and First Avenue in Collegeville have both been flooded, as well.

Pawlings Road at the bridge over the Schuylkill remains closed.

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Ridge Pike between Crosskeys and Germantown was originally shut down but reopened Wednesday morning.

Schuylkill River

In Norristown, the river was at 16.29 feet, which is considered minor flooding. The Upper Merion Boathouse, River Road in West Conshohocken, lower garages at the Riverview Landing, and the Lofts at Valley Forge all flooded.

Riverview Boulevard, Port Indian Road, and the West Indian Lane bridge in West Norriton all became impassable overnight.

In Pottstown, the river was at 12.87 feet at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, and the NWS predicted it to rise to 13.8 feet by the afternoon.

The flooding has impacted parts of PA Route 724 along the Berks-Chester county line, including Union Township in Berks County and North Coventry Township in Chester County. Sewers in the Pottstown area have been flooding over for hours to due high backwater effects, the NWS said.

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