Person killed in Montgomery County as Ida’s remains cause severe damage, major flooding – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One person died from storms Wednesday night as Ida’s remains moved through the area, according to the Upper Dublin Township Director.
Township Director Paul Leonard confirmed the death to CBS3. No age or exact cause of death was given.
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Parts of Pennsylvania took the brunt of Ida’s remains on Wednesday night, as Montgomery and Chester counties suffered severe flooding and tornadoes.
Storms hit Montgomery County during rush hour, trapping drivers in their tracks as the return route turned into flooded roads.
From felled trees to damaged homes, township emergency teams across the county have responded to the widespread destruction. Claire Kennedy, a resident of Maple Glen, told CBS3 that she saw a barrel of a tornado pass through a neighborhood off Limekiln Pike, calling it a “crazy” sight.
In nearby Fort Washington, more than a dozen cars were submerged on Commerce Drive, with rescue teams pulling people from the cars.
The scene was similar in County Chester, with people barely getting out of cars stuck in muddy water.
CBS3’s Wakisha Bailey filmed a video rescue in the Downingtown neighborhood.
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Severe flooding throughout Chester County. @CBSPhilly severe weather. The Borough of Downingtown urges residents of low lying areas to evacuate to the heights. Temporary shelter at the Central Presbyterian Church. #Severe weather #Ida pic.twitter.com/mzANDXMPNJ
– Wakisha Bailey (@NewsWakisha) September 2, 2021
Drivers and residents alike have been caught off guard by the severe flooding. John Richardson told Eyewitness News he and many others took refuge at a local gas station.
“They closed both highways. Everyone was going out in Lancaster, ”he told CBS3.
Oxford also suffered damage; in the Willshire development, the storm uprooted trees and damaged houses.
Statewide, authorities are telling drivers not to go in high water – not worth the risk.
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Alicia Roberts and Wakisha Bailey of CBS3 contributed to this report.