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Posted on 09/07/2011 4:11:05 PM PDT by Palladin
Susquehanna River to Flood:
Susquehanna River now forecast to crest at 26.2 feet.
Susquehanna River now forecast to crest at 26.2 feet in Harrisburg Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 5:06 PM Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 5:12 PM By The Patriot-News
Forecasts for where the Susquehanna River will crest in Harrisburg have steadily increased in the last two days, and the National Weather Service is now calling for the river to crest at 26.2 feet early Friday morning.
Flood stage for the river is 17 feet. At 20 feet, flooding is considered moderate, and at 23 feet, it's major.
When the river reaches 23 feet, evacuations are necessary in the Shipoke area of Harrisburg, according to the NWS. At 24 feet, the residential section of Front and Second streets floods. And at 26 feet, Green and Vaughn streets flood.
Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson has declared a stage of emergency for the city, meaning the citys emergency operations center is now open and the mayors office will continue to monitor the situation and notify residents of flood developments.
Thompson said city employees and volunteers will use bullhorns and knock on doors tomorrow to tell residents to move household items to higher levels and evacuate certain sections of Harrisburg.
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Derry Street in Harrisburg, today.
3 communities evacuated in Muncy-Hughesville Area:
It’s looking like Agnes all over again!
from Facebook friends:
Hershey to Palmyra flooded; major roads closed. People can’t get home from work.
In Wilkes-Barre, the Susquehanna may crest at its second highest since Hurrican Agnes in 1972.
Not good. Hope the emergency crews are prepared for this.
Broad St. in Montoursville is closed. I’m afraid they are going to get it bad. The Loyalsock Creek is within inches of the bridge and is absolutely raging.
And, it is still raining.
Not as high as I recall seeing it in the past when it flooded out Piper Aircraft Mfg at Lockhaven, but certainly high enough ! My sympathy for those effected ! >PS
There are two Gould 3/4hp pumps in 4' sumps working about 20' of contiguous wall drains each, set in the two corners of the basement most susceptible to water.
The 2-3 times/year there's this much rain, even they can't keep up with it, and the big shopvac w/pump comes out to collect the balance.
The vac's pump empties it into the shower stall, from whence it drains to the septic ~50' away from the house.
So far the vac (and my back) has handled ~750 gallons over/above the jillion gallons the pumps have bailed out.
The thought of trenching and re-parging 350 LF of foundation conjures thoughts of a noose and the big maple out back !
Flood stage all up and down the Susquehanna in midstate is to be exceeded by an average of 5' by Saturday.
Crops are in danger, there have been more than a few water rescues, roads are closed all over the area, and a LOT of folks are in the same boat (some, literally) in regard to house bailing.
Prolly not much by Gulf Coast/hurricane standards, but a TOTAL pain in the ass in this ol'fella's estimation.
I'd have sooooo liked to send some of it to Texas !
It ain’t a ‘cane here, but it seems like all the water from one !
Lived here in the Harrisburg/Hershey area for a long time and will have to admit it is the most consist ant rain I have ever seen. I got 12 inches in 24 hours.
Montoursville is going to get it pretty bad, again. This town has flooded from this creek many times in the past. They also suffered the loss of all those students on Flight 800.
I feel your pain! I haven’t seen this much rain since Agnes in ‘72, and we all know what that did!
They are erecting the flood wall in Wilkes-Barre, but fear the crest will overtop it. Mnay lowlying towns have gotten the order to evacuate by midnight!
We need prayers up here and all up and down the Susquehanna Valley.
And yes...I wish there were some way to redirect the flow to Texas!
Still, I’d rather have flood than fire because there is enough warning to get to higher ground.
Good luck! Hope your pumps hold out.
Oh, man! I live near there, but way up on a hill. We cross that bridge to go to Church on Sunday.
The bridge itself is not in great shape. If it washes out, there’s no other way across.
O my Gosh! Palladin I use to live there and very familiar wit all the areas they spoke of! Near Williamsport area....which the river winds thru that whole city and surrounding areas. Main roads run directly on both sides of the river....at those water levels they are in a heap of trouble!
Muncy/Hughesville are small sleepy towns on opposite sides of the main highway, just outside of the city. Beautiful area as you come out of the hills into Muncy Valley...stunning view all around. Quaint communities I use to visit often. For short time had a apartment that surely will be well underwater if Lowe’s Grocery street is flooded.
Am so sad to ear this...praying for those to escape to safe places.
Wilksbaree sits right on the river....not to mention outer small communtities which salt and pepper the outlying areas. Berwick and Bloomsburg likely are getting their fair share as well. Sad to hear as I lived in those area and actually was my sales territory for a number of years.
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