YARDLEY, Pa. (CBS) – Hurricane Irene’s devastation in Bucks County, Pa. was being assessed today by local and state officials, including Pennsylvania lieutenant governor Jim Cawley, who made the tour with emergency management teams.
The Yardley Inn was surrounded this morning by an “aqua-dike,” a water-filled canvas tube, which kept the Delaware River’s water away from the historic property.
The dike worked so well, the inn was expected to open for the dinner hour.
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Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley says River Road (above) was underwater but residents still came out all right.
“Here in Yardley they’re pretty expert on this,” the lieutenant governor told reporters. “A lot of these buildings have been elevated so that the first-floor is nothing more than storage areas that has been cleaned out, and the water is allowed to go through those areas.”
Downstream in Hulmeville, Adventureland Day Camp did not dodge the bullet. Pools became filled with dirty water from the Neshaminy Creek, and owner Curt Dawson says the water was six feet above the pavement.
He estimates the camp lost $60,000 in event income and another $25,000 in property damage.
Reported by Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio 1060
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