Montgomery County Commissioners Dr. Val Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence, along with staff from the county, provided an update on the impact of the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The storm passed through the county yesterday into today and is still considered an active incident because of flooding. For example, the Schuylkill River has not yet crested.
What we learned:
There are three deaths being investigated in connection to the storm. Details are not yet being released.
Since September 1st at 11:00 a.m., the 911 system has received 6,583 calls, three times the average number for a regular day. The busiest period was between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. when the system received 1,067 calls.
First responders in the county made 452 water rescues (and the number is rising). In comparison, during the last significant storm in 2020, 135 water rescues were made.
There are 38,000 accounts without power in the county this morning.
Montgomery County received on average 8.25 inches of rain.
There is an investigation into a tornado that is believed to started in Whitemarsh Township and then moved into Upper Dubin and then up 309 to Horsham.
If you have property damage, Commissioner Lawrence stated that you are to report that to your municipality and the county. The county form can be found here.
You can watch the update here.
Photo: Screengrab from Montgomery County’s video conference