By Walt Hunter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Residents are assessing damage to their homes and businesses as near-record flood waters from the Brandywine Creek recede.
The creek, which rose to more than 16 feet above flood stage (close to the all-time record of 17 feet), caused serious flooding in communities along its banks in Chester and Delaware Counties.
Traffic was cut on busy Baltimore Pike just south of Route 202 for most of the day before it finally began flowing again late this afternoon.
Damage to local businesses was substantial, as floodwaters surged through streets, covering cars and knocking down mailboxes.
A driver who was trapped in his car in surging currents in West Bradford, Chester County was rescued by members of the Fame Fire Company of West Chester.
Deputy Chief Jim Fairweather, of the West Bradford Fire Company, said the victim was pinned in his car as it was swept along the creek, lodging against a tree.
Chester County officials have now set up several locations where clean-up supplies will be made available. For more information, click here.