County reports heavy rains, 9-1-1 call volume

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Sunnier skies due Wednesday, but flood warnings remain in effect

Flood warnings continue for the Brandywine, but heavy rain has moved out of the area, county officials report.

Flood warnings continue for the Brandywine Creek, but heavy rain has moved out of the area, county officials report.

The Chester County Department of Emergency Services has released the following information on area weather conditions.

24-hour rainfall amounts at 10 a.m. included: Atglen,  3.72 inches; Marshallton, 3.25; West Chester, 2.65; Chester Springs, 3.08; and Malvern, 2.37.

The flash-flood warnings have been extended until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, and flood warnings and a flash-flood watch remain in effect until 4 a.m. on Wednesday. Although a tornado warning was issued for southeast Chester County and northern Delaware that has since expired, no tornado was reported in Chester County.

Flooding reports have come in from typical, flood-prone areas such as underpasses in Caln Township between South Bailey Road and 12th Avenue,  the U.S. 30 corridor,  Rt. 340 and G.O. Carlson Boulevard.

The east branch of the Brandywine is currently experiencing minor flooding. It is expected to crest between 11 a.m. and noon Tuesday at about 3 feet above flood stage. Valley Creek is experiencing major flooding, and the National Weather Service is monitoring the water levels.

Between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. this morning approximately 30 water rescues were dispatched, and 10 rescues took place.  No injuries or transports resulted. Between 5 and 9 a.m., 270 calls came in to the 9-1-1 center, compared with 91 on Monday. The heavy rains affected microwave communications, resulting in a degraded signal. Communications are now back to normal.

The Tuesday afternoon forecast calls for light rain; the heavy precipitation has moved out of the area. On Wednesday, sunny skies are predicted with temperatures in the mid-70s.

 

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