Evacuation In Pennsylvania
September 9, 2011 by USA Post
Evacuation In Pennsylvania, Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania have called for a mandatory evacuation of 100,000 people near the Susquehanna River by 4 pm on Thursday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee is expected to flood the area.
The flooding is being blamed for three deaths in Pennsylvania.
Tropical Storm Lee was extended by the U.S. with heavy rains and increased water levels in the Susquehanna River, which crosses the city, more than 18 feet above normal in 24 hours, according to reports.
The river is projected to reach a maximum of 41 feet between 4 and 8 pm on Thursday, which is the same height as the levee system protecting the riverfront communities, including Wilkes-Barre and Kingston, Luzerne County official Management Agency Lasiewicki Frank told The Associated Press.
Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton said that residents should prepare for a prolonged evacuation 72 hours and advised them to wear clothes, food and prescription drugs.
He also called on businesses in the city to close its doors at noon, the AP reported.
The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warning from Maryland to New York.
The evacuations come less than a week after Tropical Storm Lee dumped heavy rains wreak havoc in the water, as floods have cut off main roads and caused some schools to open late or not at all.
Roads and highways were reported across the region closed.
In Philadelphia, floods and a rockslide closed the eastbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway, a major means of transportation into the city. That could take hours for the road to reopen, according to reports.
In New York, the Thruway Authority is expected to close a stretch of 105 miles of Interstate 90 on Thursday, which runs along the Mohawk River, which had flooded in some areas. This is the state’s busiest east-west highway.
Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that the responsiveness of the entire state have been deployed in Broome County, where heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee have caused increased levels of flooding.
About 125 National Guard troops with high-axle vehicles have been deployed to permit the area to assist in rescues.
Emergency services and management, along with whitewater boats and specially trained teams of Police of New York State and the Department of Environmental Conservation State also have been sent to the area.
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