Delaware River Slowly Receding After Flooding Roads Again

North Delaware Avenue in Yardley Borough flooded after intense storms. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Bucks County residents along the Delaware River endured a second round of flooding Thursday evening. The waters swelled again as rainwater made its way south.

Silver Lake Road is in need of serious repairs, according to police. Photo by Rick Rickman.

South Delaware Avenue in Yardley Borough has reopened. But North Delaware Ave remains flooded Friday morning. An officer at the barricade indicated it would likely reopen sometime between 2 to 4 p.m.

Meantime, Silver Lake Road in Middletown may stay closed for several days or weeks, according to the Middletown Township Police Department. High waters from the Neshaminy Creek reaching more than 20 feet apparently warped the roadway.

The National Weather Service says the Delaware River first reached its peak of 20.70 feet at 3:15 a.m. early Thursday morning.

A chart showing the peak heights of the Delaware River and forecasts of when it may return to normal. Image via NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

Despite no more rain later in the day, the river then swelled again. By 1:45 a.m. Friday, the Delaware River reached a new height of 20.76 feet.

The river sat at a much lower 10 feet on Tuesday before Ida reached the area. It may not return to this level until Monday, September 6.

Going into the water is also not advised, even on boats. PA Fish and Boat Commission officials are warning of high water conditions all weekend.

The river’s flow Friday morning remains high, though it is slowly losing steam.

Meantime, a NWS Mount Holly storm damage survey team confirmed the tornado seen crossing the Burlington-Bristol Bridge as an EF-1. It reached up to 90 miles per hour.

The tornado reached Bristol Borough. However, it spent most of its time over the Delaware River. A condo in the area lost its roof and some debris landed on Mill Street, but otherwise the tornado did not cause too much damage.