Archive for September, 2011

Flood advisory map just after midnight on Thursday, 9/8

All the green areas are flood warnings. Screen shot just after midnight on Thursday, 9/8

At this time, with Hurricane Irene still a recent memory and some residents only recently getting their power turned back on, Nockmixon is now being inundated by heavy rains left over from Tropical Storm Lee. After several days of steady rain, our area has generally received 4-5 inches already, with up to three additional inches forecast over the next 24 hours.

This will once again bring the Delaware River over its banks. As of this post, it’s already above flood stage of 22 feet in Riegelsville, and is forecast to crest just below the 30-foot limit for moderate flooding at 29.8 feet. However, those with interests along the river should closely monitor updated gauges and listen for new weather advisories. All of these tools can be located on our Resources page.

The massive rainfall has loosened soil and rocks all over our township, prompting us to urge drivers to use caution while driving any roadways alongside steep hillsides or cliffs, such as certain stretches of River Road. These areas could easily be the scene of sudden rock or mudslides. The high river will have closed portions of Route 32 already, and if the water gets high enough, it’s conceivable that the DRJTBC could see fit to close some of the river bridges, so it’s a good idea to get where you want to go by tomorrow night before the river crests in the wee hours of Friday morning.

We urge extreme caution when driving in these conditions. Please do not drive into flooded roadways even if you think you know what’s under the surface. There’s no telling whether rushing water might have scoured the roadway and caused deep washouts into which your vehicle might plunge unexpectedly. Drivers should stay alert for rapidly changing conditions and sudden deep water surges. Also, please respect all barricades and road closures. Turn around, don’t drown!

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As of this morning, there are still a few spotty areas without power in our township due to downed trees and power lines. For those residents, free gallon jugs of water are available at the Nockamixon Township building during regular business hours. Tinicum Township has also invited all Nockamixon residents still without power to bring their own containers to fill from the tanker truck currently located at the Tinicum Township building on Municipal Road at Hollow Horn Road.

Current and immediate future weather

There is sufficient instability and shear in the atmosphere today that the Storm Prediction Center has put our area at a general risk for severe storms through this evening. This means both organized strong storm clusters as well as potential severe supercell storms. Please keep your eyes to the sky today.

The Storm Prediction Center has also put our area at potential risk for a severe weather event over the Labor Day weekend, from Sunday into Monday. Please monitor your local weather news and keep your weather radio set to auto-alert if you’re planning any outdoor activities.

New Hurricane
Yesterday, Katia was upgraded from Tropical Storm status to Category 1 Hurricane. It’s currently tracking west-northwest toward the Leeward Islands, and unlike Irene, her predictive models are not in near-perfect agreement as to where she’ll go from there. General consensus at this time is that she’s unlikely to turn into a threat to the East Coast, but that such a path can’t yet be ruled out.
For this reason, we urge all our residents and businesses to keep a close watch on her progress and to take appropriate precautions if her path shifts in our direction. As has been so solidly proven with Irene, we all need to provide enough water, non-perishable food and necessary medications for ourselves, our pets and anyone else we’re responsible for, to last a minimum of three days. Most emergency organizations suggest laying away enough supplies for five days, and this last storm is proving the wisdom of such preparedness.
General Emergency Information
As during all emergencies, remember: You are primarily responsible for your own safety and wellbeing, and that of your family. Government and safety organizations such as ours are here to help, but everyone must pitch in and do their part. The best things you can do are to stay alert, informed, and prepared.
  • Make a family emergency plan and make sure every member of your household understands and is able to implement it.
  • Designate an out-of-town contact that everyone knows to call if they can’t get hold of each other. Generally, in emergency situations when cell service is disrupted, it’s easier to complete an out-of-town call than to make a connection inside the affected zone.
  • Monitor this website, our Facebook page and our Twitter feed at @NoxEMAWxComm for the most immediate, ongoing updates.
  • Watch/listen to your local news and weather on TV and radio.
  • Keep fresh batteries for your NOAA All-Hazards Radio and keep it set to auto-alert when there’s a threat in your area.
If you find yourself in a situation you can’t handle alone, here’s what to do:
  • For all life-threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
  • For obstructions such as downed trees, wires or large rocks in the roadways, call the Doylestown PennDOT office for state highways, and our Township road crew for local roads. PennDOT emergencies, dial 5-1-1 or visit their website. Call Nockamixon Township office at 610-847-5058.
  • If you must use candles for light, please don’t leave open flames unattended.