Flooding Wreaks Havoc on Multiple Cities from Philadelphia to Des Moines. One Dead
PHILADELPHIA, PA — July 3, 2018
A water main break in downtown Philadelphia has left 700 to 750 residents without power as of mid-morning, down from approximately 2,000 at the height of the flooding. Electrical crews were pumping out water from flooded basements, and in some cases the water had to be removed before electrical crews could reach equipment to restore power, officials said.
Water crews were able to stop the flow of water at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
There was no any specific cause cited for the water main break. However, federal authorities say the extreme heat has scorched the region in recent days and may have played a role in this case.
In Des Moines, Iowa, three people were swept away by the floodwaters, according to rescue teams, with one fatality reported. Des Moines police confirmed that the victim is a longtime Iowa sportscaster Larry Cotlar, 66. His van stalled on a flooded north Des Moines street. His body was found nearly four hours later, several blocks away. Two others were swept away by the flood several miles from town, however, no other fatality has been reported.
Similar flooding occurred in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Due to the prompt response of the rescue unist, the areas were evacuated with no loss of life.