A driver had to be rescued Saturday afternoon after attempting to drive through a flooded underpass after heavy rain fell in Newark.
The incident happened around 12:15 p.m. at an underpass on Ogletown Road, near Chestnut Hill Estates. The area, known to locals as the "Avon Underpass," often floods during heavy rain.
A work van got trapped in the waist-high water. The driver appeared to be in good condition after firefighters put him in a rescue boat and got him to dry land.
There were also water rescues on Four Seasons Parkway and Stanton-Christiana Road.
"Water rescues require specialized equipment and training and are just one of many types of incidents to which our department responds," an Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder spokesperson said in a prepared statement. "Swiftwater Rescue Technicians receive special training to safely operate in and around fast-moving water. That training and teamwork brought this incident to a successful conclusion. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown!"
Approximately 2.5 inches of rain fell in the Newark area as storms moved in overnight and continued through early afternoon.
At 2:15 p.m., the Christina River crested at 12.33 feet near Cooch's Bridge, which the National Weather Service classifies as moderate flooding. That is the ninth-highest level recorded at that site, with the record crest of 13.89 feet coming during Hurricane Irene in 2011.
White Clay Creek saw elevated levels too, cresting at 9.1 feet at Paper Mill Road and 12.8 feet near Delaware Park, just below flood stage.
Officials reported that water was on the roadway in the area of Otts Chapel Road and West Chestnut Hill Road as well as the area of South College Avenue and Four Seasons Parkway.
City of Newark officials sent crews to address clogged drains and flooding issues on Hillside Road, Forest Lane, Julie Lane and other locations.