2011-09-01 / Local & State

After Irene, Sighs Of Relief As River Crests

By Michael Rubinkam

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – In a bit of much-needed news for communities cleaning up in the wake of Hurricane Irene, the National Weather Service says the Delaware River crested at just more than 25 feet, with the water slowly receding.

Meteorologist Mitchell Gaines said Monday that the river crested at 25.15 feet at Easton and was slowly falling lower – it was at 24.71 feet by 11 a.m.

The river, which meanders between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is forecast to continue dropping through the day to normal levels on Tuesday.

The river had initially been forecast to go higher than 30 feet.

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