REGION — IDA is in the house, and she will be dropping some heavy rainfall throughout our area throughout the day and night. Most forecasters are predicting 4-6 inches of rain will fall …
REGION — IDA is in the house, and she will be dropping some heavy rainfall throughout our area throughout the day and night. Most forecasters are predicting 4-6 inches of rain will fall today and this evening, but others are calling for the possibility of up to 8-10 inches of rainfall in some areas. Periods of very heavy rainfall are expected.
Flash Flooding: Flash flood watches are in effect throughout the region as most streams are already running high and the ground is already saturated from previous rains. Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas or roadways. Conditions may change rapidly, and flood watches may be upgraded to flood warnings. Both the Bushkill Creek and the Brodhead at Minisink Hills are expected to reach flood stage this afternoon into Thursday morning.
River levels: The Delaware River at the Montague gauge at the north end of the park is expected to rise 11 feet in the next 24 hours, cresting on Thursday at just over 18 feet; flood stage is 25 feet at this gauge. The Delaware River at the Tocks Island gauge at the south end of the park is predicted to rise more than 13 feet over the next 24 hours, cresting on Thursday at 20.9 feet; flood stage at the Tocks Island gauge is 21 feet. The river corridor and all access points are closed until river levels drop below 15 feet at the Montague gauge.
Road closures: Expect road closures due to flash flooding and downed trees and utility lines. Do not drive over or approach downed power lines. There is always the potential that the lines are still energized and are extremely dangerous. If you must travel, be prepared to take alternate routes if necessary.
Stay safe and if you must be out on the roads, please keep an eye out for our maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency services crews who will be on duty throughout the storm to help keep folks safe. Please keep them safe too. Travel slowly and carefully through work zones and do not attempt to drive around gates or barricades.
Public Affairs Specialist
National Park Service
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River
Cell: (570) 234-9144
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