No active advisories at this time.

This site will be updated in the event of an incident affecting Bridgeton Township.

Flood Watch for the Area; River NOT Forecast To Flood

(Updated April 30 06:03) You may have heard about “Flood Watches” for the area. This is a confusing term we’d like to clarify.

A flood watch means that for a very large geographic area it is possible that there could be some kind of flooding. It could be creeks and streams overtopping roads or it could even go so far as river flooding; at the “watch” stage nothing specific is being predicted and the vast majority of the time, nothing major happens.

With the current watch, we are keeping an eye on the rate of rise of the river, which is a good indicator if we’re going to have any problems. We do expect creek flooding and roads will be overtopped in places by runoff. This storm system is going to drop a great deal of rain in a short period of time, but we are not seeing a projection for river flooding.

You can have have a look at the exact same data we are monitoring right here: 

Live data from the NOAA. Reload this page for latest.

In Upper Black Eddy, here are the approximate river levels (as measured in Reiglesville) where things start to happen:

  • About 19-20 feet: River Road at Berm Lane may be covered with water, the end of Trail’s End Lane will get water.
  • About 20-21 feet: River Road at Berm Lane will be covered with water, as will large sections of Trails End
  • About 21-22 feet: All of the above, plus we will get water in the road at Bridgeton Hill Road and River Road
  • From 22-24 feet: All of the above, but more of River Road will be under water

Over 24′ and we start talking about more disruptive flooding, but if you recall, we had three river floods in 2011 that were fairly uneventful, in fact, the flood of 1996, which was a 28.72′ crest, was considered a big deal, while the flood of September 9th 2011 with a 28.06′ crest, seems to have passed with little notice. Residents are far more “flood ready” today than in the early 2000s.

For reference, here are the top 20 Flood Crests for the Delaware, with the six  that have happened in the last 10 years highlighted so you can get a sense of what to expect at various crest levels.

(1) 38.85 ft on 08/20/1955
(2) 35.90 ft on 10/10/1903
(3) 34.07 ft on 04/03/2005
(4) 33.62 ft on 06/29/2006
(5) 32.45 ft on 03/19/1936
(6) 30.95 ft on 09/19/2004
(7) 28.72 ft on 01/20/1996
(8) 28.06 ft on 09/09/2011
(9) 27.50 ft on 05/24/1942
(10) 26.47 ft on 04/01/1940
(11) 25.40 ft on 12/12/1952
(12) 25.20 ft on 03/12/2011
(13) 25.16 ft on 03/16/1986
(14) 25.00 ft on 03/28/1913
(15) 24.51 ft on 08/29/2011
(16) 24.46 ft on 05/30/1984
(17) 24.36 ft on 06/30/1973
(18) 24.17 ft on 04/17/1983
(19) 23.80 ft on 10/16/1955
(20) 22.55 ft on 12/22/1973

 

 

Snow Plans & Ready Notify Use

This is a two-part update:

Storm Preparations: We have received communication from Met-Ed that they are prepared with the needed resources to deal with outages in Bucks County as quickly as possible. The Bridgeton Township road crew has indicated that they are prepared for this storm as has Penn DOT. By now, you should have completed whatever steps you feel necessary to prepare for the possibility of power failures and blocked roads. We’re as ready as possible.

Ready Notify:  Bucks County has implemented this very useful service that can send emergency alerts by voice to home phones (landlines), as well as via email and via text messages to mobile phones.  While we do not need you to register you home phone number if you have a “landline”  we do need you to register your mobile phone and email address, especially if you have only a mobile phone and no home phone line We strongly encourage you to register your mobile phone. 

We have very low adoption of Ready Notify in Bridgeton Township and we have asked around as to why.  We’d like to take this time to clarify  a few things about Ready Notify.

Q. Won’t my phone number and other  information just get sold? I don’t want junk email and text messages.

A. The information you provide is used ONLY for Emergency Management purposes – there are multiple layers of protection for this information, it is not sold, traded, cross-referenced or used for any other purpose other than sending emergency alerts. There are serious penalties for misuse of any information in the system.

Q. I pay for text messages! I don’t want to run up a huge bill! 

A. In all of 2013, the Bridgeton Township EMA sent out zero alerts – we only use the system for communications when it is absolutely necessary.  We only send messages that are important to this community and then only with specific information that you can act on. For example, if there is a long-term blackout and free water or supplies become available, we would send an alert with this information. In the event of a major threat to life or safety, we would send an alert. We won’t send an alert to tell you it’s raining.

Q.  I’ll just get information from the TV/Internet

A. Televisions don’t work when the power’s out and even if you have a generator, if you have cable TV, the TV service goes out in blackouts. Additionally, the televisions stations don’t give specific, local information pertaining to Bridgeton Township. Our Ready Notify service does.  You may have internet via your phone in a blackout, but even that is affected by blackouts as tower sites lose power.  Text messages tend to get through when all other mobile communications don’t.

Q. I don’t know how to send text messages.

A. You don’t have to know how to send text messages.  Messages are delivered to your phone automatically (once you register your number) and all you do is read them from your phone’s screen.

Q. I would register, but I am not good with computers and don’t know how to do it. 

A. Call us. We’ll do it for you. Have your mobile phone number and the name of the carrier (company you pay your bill to) handy.

If you have any more questions about Ready Notify, ask them here, we’ll answer here.

 

 

Thursday Storm Plans: Drama-Free Edition

By now the media hysterics about the potential storm coming Thursday are at a fever pitch.

We’d like to give some information about this storm and how it could affect our area specifically.

Like the last storm, there’s an “ice line” that is basically impossible to predict. Last time, it went a bit south of us – and knocked out the power to 720,000 people,  some of which are still without power. If we get the ice, we lose the lights. If we get just snow, we have a lower risk of widespread power outages, but the weather forecast is for a heavy snow, so some weak trees and limbs will give way.

Roads are, as usual, the main issue. There are a limited number of plows and drivers so don’t expect roads to be cleared continually.

As a result of lessons learned in past storms, Met-Ed has implemented new communications and operations protocols that are excellent and have proven to work very well for our community in last week’s storm, but even with these new protocols, it’s physically impossible to restore power to everyone as quickly as we might like.

Expect power outages, be ready for them now.  A good way to plan is to assume you’ll be stuck in your house for 3 days and think back from there. Fuel, Food, Medications, Batteries, Phone Chargers – all of the usual stuff.  Since so many of our power lines run through inaccessible areas and because of our low population density, it simply takes longer for repair crews to get here and get the work done.

As usual, we’ll be online as much as we can before, during and after the storm and we can help out with specific, non-life safety issues, answer your questions and connect you with help where and how we can. Text (preferred) or call the number shown on the left.

For emergencies, always call 9-1-1.

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