Heavy rain sends creeks, streams over their banks

Posted: 5:31 PM EDT Aug 13, 2013   Updated: 6:40 PM EDT Aug 13, 2013

A strong summer storm kept rain falling hard Tuesday, and caused creeks and streams to rise in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties.

The current at the Wyomissing Creek in Berks County was swift and mighty. The water spilled over its banks Tuesday, and left sidewalks flooded and stairs under water after a round of wild weather.

"We've seen it before, but it's really swift," said Elaine Laws, who walked along the water's edge with her husband Tuesday morning. "The ducks better be moving out fast or they're going to end up in Pottstown."

The storm blew through Spring Township, and knocked a tree onto power lines along Vinemont Road. Jamee Luckenbill's alarm clock never went off and her lights never turned on once her power went out. When she looked out her window, all she could see were wires on the street and across the hood of her car.

"I'm a pretty sound sleeper, so I didn't hear anything, but I didn't think they were supposed to be this bad," said Luckenbill.

Chester and Montgomery counties bore a bigger brunt of the damage.  Roads were turned into rivers in Coatesville, leaving a Nissan Altima almost completely submerged. In Caln Township, Municipal Park looked more like waterfront property. Basketball courts were left flooded under several feet of water.

"We need the rain, but you hate to see it come down like it did all night long. It's been a tough summer," said Laws.