The deaths of four Montgomery County residents, two of whom lived in local municipalities, are being investigated as potentially linked to Tropical Storm Ida.
Drivers headed to or from Lower Frederick, accustomed to using the bridges at Salford Station or Hendricks Station roads to cross the Perkiomen Creek, may want to think twice. They could be unusable for awhile.
If you ever needed proof of the brute power of rushing water, or evidence to validate the saying "Turn Around, Don't Drown!", see Thursday's debris at the North Sunnybrook Road bridge in Lower Pottsgrove.
Storm-engorged flood waters in Swamp Creek overwhelmed and significantly damaged the bridge at Spring Mount Road and Gravel Pike in Lower Frederick. Crews had begun repair work Thursday.
Two Aqua Pennsylvania water treatment plants in Phoenixville were damaged by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ida. The company said Thursday it's working on repairs, but asked area customers to discontinue "non-essential" water use.
Some Lower Pottsgrove police working the department's morning shift incurred additional duties Thursday. They were tasked to retrieve traffic barriers and cones set Wednesday night to warn drivers of hazards.
Seven area school districts have issued Thursday closure announcements. One delayed opening for two hours. One is on a flexible, remote schedule. MCCC is remote only for Thursday.
Hurricane Ida plowed into Louisiana on Sunday with winds and storm surge stronger than that of Hurricane Katrina. Western MontCo won't feel those effects, but it could be drenched in Ida's rain.