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Heavy rains flood local roads Friday afternoon

A Friday the 13th deluge

Flooding mayhem

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Drivers found themselves going through deep water in a blinding downpour Friday afternoon as heavy rain flooded roads throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Even roads normally not flooded during hard rain were underwater. It was like driving in shallow streams.

And, like streams overflowing their banks, the stormwater even covered sidewalks along the sides of many treets.

Smaller cars often momentarily vanished as they plowed through deep water.

There were scattered reports of people trapped in cars that flooded out trying to make it through.

Personnel in Lehigh County Communications said  there were reports of flooding on smaller roads throughout the county, but were too busy to give specifics

PennDOT spokesman Sean Brown said high water was reported on Route 22 and Route 145, causing delays.

According to WFMZ chief meteorologist Ed Hanna, 2.27 inches of rain fell in the Allentown area between midnight and 4 p.m. Friday.

Hanna reported Reading and Mount Pocono had less than one inch of rain, although flooding also was reported in Berks County.

Pottstown had less than  1.5 inches and Philadelphia received just over one-tenth of an inch.

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