PA homes soaked

Heavy rain over southeastern Pennsylvania damaged hundreds of homes.

BY SUSAN KIM | PHILADELPHIA | August 2, 2004


Heavy rain over southeastern Pennsylvania may have damaged some 500 homes in Darby, Upper Darby and Havertown in Delaware County, according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

In Upper Darby, a grocery store and other businesses were flooded.

For Darby, this is repeat flooding: Hurricane Floyd destroyed more than 300 homes there in September 1999.

Montgomery and Philadelphia counties also reported flood damage.

Some homes had three to four feet of water on the first floor level, reported PEMA.

A shelter has opened at Darby High School and about 100 people were staying there. Another 20 people were staying at North Philadelphia Middle School, according to reports from the American Red Cross.

One of the worst hit spots is Veronica Road in Upper Darby.

The storms temporarily closed the Broad Street subway in Philadelphia.


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