PHOTOS: Region cleans up from two-day deluge

The railroad bridge underpass portion of Bridge Street near the Mont Clare Bridge in Phoenixville was still flooded Thursday morning. Photo by Barry Taglieber

Widespread flooding in the region Wednesday and Thursday caused problems for motorists trying to make their way home.

The worst flooding occurred along the Perkiomen Creek in the Schwenksville and Collegeville areas.

The Schwenksville Road and Plank Road bridges over the Perkiomen were closed Wednesday and Thursday morning, Schwenksville Road remained impassable.

But the heaviest flooding was reported in Chester County, where firefighters and rescuers conducted 62 water rescues Wednesday night as the heavy rains fell and fully 120 roads in Chester County remained closed early Thursday morning, some of them major roadways like Route 23 and Route 401.


Firefighters were scrambled across Chester County throughout Wednesday evening as motorists continued to attempt to drive through flood waters, despite numerous warnings from emergency officials urging drivers to turn around.

In total, the county’s 911 call center recorded 233 fire company related incidents and 1,014 police related incidents Wednesday into Thursday. Three residential rescues were also conducted.

In Phoenixville, much of Bridge Street flooded Wednesday night and the Mont Clare Bridge over the Schuylkill on Route 29 had to be closed. It was reopened Thursday afternoon.

East Pikeland was especially hard hit with road closures throughout the two days, with at least eight.

In Montgomery County, a total of 34 roads and bridges remained closed as of 5 p.m. Thursday.