Remnants of Ida Cause Widespread Flooding

Posted on Thursday September 02, 2021
With this most recent storm, the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Wednesday, 9/1, Cheltenham did not sustain the heavy damages we saw during earlier 2021 storms.  However, saturated grounds from recent events made conditions ripe for flooding statewide, and several vehicle rescues were performed within the Township.  Our emergency personnel and public works employees have spent today, Thursday, assisting other municipalities which sustained greater damages.  If you are awaiting response from any of these staff members, we thank you for their patience as they prioritize public safety in ongoing emergency situations.

As always, we remind you not to drive through flood waters - it is not worth risking your life.  Driving around flood gates or other traffic control elements, including first responders blocking a roadway, is illegal and will result in a fine.

The flooding on Tookany Creek Parkway compromised the edge of the roadway in some areas, and will be evaluated by our Township Engineer.  Further, d
ue to damages and needed cleanup, Conklin and Glenside Pools are closed until further notice.

Sept 2021 flooding
Sept flooding Tookany EdgeSept 2021 car in tree
Sept 2021 flooding rescue

View a slideshow of more from last night on our Facebook page.

Storm-related information from Montgomery County: 

Residents are asked to observe the following precautions during power outages or other storm-related incidents:

  • If you lose power during or after the storm, do not call 9-1-1 simply to report the outage. The County’s Emergency Communications Center will already be extremely busy with storm-related incidents. Call your local utility provider to report the outage, or utilize their website or mobile application: 
  • PECO: 1-800-841-4141 or
  • PPL: 1-800-342-5775 or 
  • Met-Ed: 1-888-544-4877 or
  • Always assume that all power lines are live, even if you lose power in your home or business. Never go near or touch a fallen power line.
  • Never use a gas stove to heat your home. If you use candles for light, exercise extreme caution and never place them near combustible materials such as curtains or furniture. Battery powered candles or flashlights are much safer, especially if you have children or pets.
  • If your power is out, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed, which should keep food cold for about four hours. Be sure to dispose of any perishables (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, leftovers, etc.) that have been above 40° F for two hours or more.
  • If you have a portable generator, never use it inside your home or even in a partially enclosed area. Generators, as well as gas and charcoal grills, produce Carbon Monoxide, which is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill you. Keep the generator far away from doors, windows, and air intakes.
  • Never overload the generator or attempt to power your house by plugging it into a wall outlet. Both practices can cause electric shock or fire.

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