Floods close local roads, schools

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Crek Road in Birmingham lievs up to its name, just south of the Lenape Bridge, Friday morning. The roadway was entirely covered for hundreds of yards. Roadways across the Unionvile area, including U.S. 1 suffered with flooding problems, Thursday and Friday.

Updated, Friday, 12:58 p.m.

Heavy rains pounded the Unionville area, closing numerous local roadways — including areas with chronic flooding problems in Birmingham, East Marlborough and Chadds Ford and prompting the closure of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District on Friday.

Although the Brandywine Creek began to rise over its banks midday Thursday, by late afternoon Route 926 at Creek Road in Birmingham was inundated. Further west along the roadway in East Marlborough, East Locust and Walnut were closed to traffic near 926.

Our friends at the Brandywine Ace Hardware report that motorists have been attempting to drive around the barriers closing the 926 bridge and then have gotten stuck in the deep water on the Birmingham side of the bridge. Local officials are advising motorists to pay attention to closure barriers — they will be removed and roads will be reopened when they are safe for travel.

There are reports of other road closures elsewhere in the immediate area.

The worst of the flooding is expected in the early morning hours of Friday, when the National Weather Service predicts that the flood waters will crest. It is possible that none of the closed roadways will be reopened before the morning rush. The rain is expected to continue until just before daybreak, Friday.The flood waters are expected to recede Friday afternoon, as sunny skies are predicted for the afternoon.—MM

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