After Irene, river crests won’t come until Monday or Tuesday

As Hurricane Irene bears down on the Philadelphia region, the flood watch is on, but the alert is going to last longer than you might think.  

Even though Hurricane Irene is scheduled to hit the Philadelphia region on Sunday, area rivers and streams will continue to rise as rain waters drain into them.

Bob Tudor, Deputy Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, says they’ll crest well after the storm has moved on. 

“They’re really predicting that they will go up significantly on Monday, late Sunday, Monday, and that the rivers will be cresting on Tuesday,” said Tudor.

The National Weather Service is predicting the Schuylkill River will crest early Monday morning, reaching 13.9 feet and exceeding the Philadelphia flood action stage of 10 feet.  

Bob Tudor says there are trouble spots in New Jersey as well. 

“We’re concerned about Rancocas Creek on the New Jersey side going in to major flooding” 

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