Heavy rain leads to flash flooding, water rescues in Berks


Route 422 in eastern Berks County looked more like a river as heavy rain quickly put part of the highway under water Thursday afternoon.

One of the worst spots was in the area of R&R Games and the About All Floors showroom in the 500 block of West Benjamin Franklin Highway in Amity Township.

High water flowed over the concrete median like a waterfall from the westbound lanes to the eastbound side of the highway.

Rescue crews were kept busy as they checked out multiple reports of vehicles stuck in the high water.

Emergency dispatchers also took calls about flooding elsewhere in Berks County, including Douglass, Perry, and Robeson townships and Robesonia.

"I live on North Church Street in Robesonia and the creek has become a river!" Peg Kiebach said in an email to 69 News.

Flooding also closed a stretch of Route 61 as well as Route 222 at Pleasant Hill Road.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for southeawstern Berks and northwestern Montgomery counties until 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters said up to six inches of rain have already fallen in parts of the area under the emergency.

The one person inside the car has been successfully rescued…@69News pic.twitter.com/6jJJ2zne1s

-- Irene Snyder (@IreneSnyderTV) July 11, 2019 At the scene of a water rescue on Toll Gate Road in Amity Township. If you look closely, there is a car in the wooded area stuck in the floodwaters. @69News pic.twitter.com/hAcPjnpF1X

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