Heavy rain causes flash flooding in central Berks, forcing rescues and evacuations

Record rainfall caused creeks to quickly swell over their banks in several areas across Berks County Sunday afternoon. Flash flooding made roads impassable for hours in many areas, most notably in Muhlenberg Township, Maidencreek Township, Oley and Lower Alsace Township.

First responders were kept very busy with calls for water rescues from submerged vehicles and homes threatened by high water.

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With conditions deteriorating rapidly during rescue efforts, the PA National Guard mobilized to assist local firefighters to evacuate residents by helicopter in Muhlenberg Township.

Two cars submerged in rising flood water on Route 12 in Muhlenberg Township.

In Lower Alsace Township, high water from Antietam Creek lead to the collapse of a building, flooded dozens of homes and caused damage to Antietam Middle Senior High School.

Further down the creek in Exeter Township, multiple residents were evacuated from the Penn View Mobile Home Park.

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