Most residents living near the Delaware River and Canal in Yardley Borough and Lower Makefield Township seem to have escaped major damage from the latest flooding caused by several inches of rain dumped the night of Sept. 1 from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
While water from the Delaware River rose well above flood stage, covering parts of nearby roadways and surrounding houses last Thursday and into early Friday, there were few if any reports of its entering main living areas, officials from both municipalities said.
“We dodged a bullet with this one,” Yardley Borough Council President David Bria said. “I don’t think the water reached Yardley Inn, and I don’t think there are any reports of first-floor damage, though we’re still doing assessments. Some people might have lost cars and outdoor power equipment because of the speed with which the water rose.”
Lower Makefield Township Manager Kurt Ferguson had a similar summary.
“Lower Makefield Township did not suffer significant damage from the storm from Hurricane Ida,” he said. “The township is not aware of any property damage and other than some modest damage to roads, we emerged from the storm thankfully unscathed.
“The township did have to proactively close several roads during the storm, but all were reopened by the end of the day on Thursday (Sept. 2).”
Bria said the river crested about 18 inches below the original projection of 22.7 feet, which he said probably reduced the amount of damage. He said the Delaware usually starts covering River Road and other nearby roads when it reaches about 18 or 19 feet.
“We had maybe a quarter-inch of water in our ground floor, which we use mainly for storage,” said Susan Perras, who lives with her family on River Road in Yardley Borough.
“Our main living area is several feet above that and that was untouched. We bought the house in 2009 and it had already been elevated. We never would have bought it if not.”