Flooding from Hurricane Ivan in Yardley & Washington Crossing, Pa
September 19, 2004

All photos were taken by and are copyrighted by me (Tim Marchok: timothy.marchok@noaa.gov) except the one aerial photo (Trenton Times) and, obviously, the one photo taken of the Washington Crossing Bridge in 1955.

Shown in the photo below is the end of our street, Ferry Road, at about 3:00 pm, a few hours before the water crested, at the spot where East Ferry Road meets River Road.

The large picture below on the right shows downtown Yardley, looking east on Afton Avenue towards the river, which is normally about 200 yards down from the water's edge in this photo. Using the aerial photo (Trenton Times) on the left as a reference, this larger photo was taken from the spot in the very low left hand corner of the small aerial photo.

The photo below was also taken on Afton Avenue, taken from the water's edge shown in the first Afton Avenue photo above. In the distance, where Afton Ave meets River Road, is the blocked-off entrance to the Yardley-Trenton Bridge that was washed out in the 1955 flood.

The photo below was taken on River Road, looking south, about 50 yards south of Mt. Eyre Rd. Though the lighting is not good in the shadows in this photo, the road was submerged for as far as we could see (about 1/2 mile).

The photo below was also taken on River Road, near the same spot as the one just above, but looking north, from about 50 yards north of Mt. Eyre Rd. The lane that you can see through the trees to the left of the house is what is normally River Road.

The photo below on the left was taken during the 1955 flood, which crested in Trenton at a level about 5 feet higher than this flood. I took the photo on the right at 1:30 pm, about 3 hours before the river crested, at which time the river was very close to its cresting height (according to folks at the Mt. Holly NWS office).

I took the photo below on Monday, the morning after the flood had crested. This photo was taken on River Road in Washington Crossing, about 2/10 of a mile south of the Taylorsville Road intersection, looking downhill. At this time, the water had already dropped 4 to 5 feet from its crest height (you can see the thin line of debris marking the crest height on the road).

The photo below was taken from the same bend in the road as the above photo. It was taken from the spot on the road directly in front of the yellow arrow road sign in the photo above, looking south, in the direction that the arrow is pointing. There are 2 diamond-shaped road caution signs in the photo below that delineate the left and right sides of River Road. Keep in mind that at this point, the river had already fallen 4 to 5 feet from its Washington Crossing crest height.