Flash Flooding Strikes So. Lehigh Area

Parts of Coopersburg and Upper Saucon Township were under water and roads were closed Wednesday as a result of a rainstorm that dumped inches of water on the Southern Lehigh area.

Torrential rains poured down on the Southern Lehigh area Wednesday morning, resulting in flash flooding and road closures, according to readers and news sources.

Part of Route 309 in Upper Saucon Township was closed, according to PA Driver Watch, which reported via a post on Upper Saucon Patch's Facebook page that all southbound lanes between Center Valley Parkway/Saucon Valley Road and S. Lanark Road/Camp Meeting Road were shut down.

"Flooding was really bad," commented Suanne Arvay Rieker on the Facebook page. "All the back roads out by DeSales [University] were flooded and closed... It took me 20 minutes to get to the Promenade [Shops] since I kept hitting a closed/flooded road and I'm only 4 miles away."

Reader Jeannine Harmony submitted a photo of Orchard Drive under water and reported that there was flash flooding and closed roads "all over Center Valley."

A photo depicting the flooded intersection of Route 309 and West Saucon Valley Road submitted by Josephine Cacace seemed to confirm that.

And Coopersburg wasn't spared the unexpected storm's wrath, either.

Lori Mobley submitted a photo of homes surrounded by water in the area of Fifth Street between Landis and Oxford streets.

She said the water in the yards was as deep as four feet.

According to the current National Weather Service forecast, there is still a 30 percent chance of rain Wednesday night and a 20 percent chance on Thursday in the Southern Lehigh area.

Did you experience flooding or road closures in Southern Lehigh today? Tell us about it in the comments section.

Photos contributed by Lori Mobley, 
Jeannine Harmony, Daryl Nerl, Josephine Cacace and Karyn Arcario.


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