Wilkes Barre Flooding
September 9, 2011 by USA Post
Wilkes Barre Flooding, Rainy days of what had been Tropical Storm Lee flooded a large portion of Pennsylvania and other northeastern states Thursday, pouring into basements and lower houses and forcing tens of thousands of people to seek higher ground. At least seven were killed.
The damage was concentrated along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre and other communities along the River. The National Weather Service said the Susquehanna crested above 38 feet Thursday night – below the top of the levee system to protect residents in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Read the impact was felt widely in the flooded and Pennsylvania, authorities closed many roads, including some interstate highways with heavy traffic and evacuation shelters were opened to serve the many people displaced. Similar scenarios played in Maryland and New York, but the wrath of the storm fading too was from Connecticut to Virginia.
Barack Obama President declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania and New York on Friday morning, clearing the way for federal aid.
Simko Rose was among about 75,000 residents of Wilkes-Barre and surrounding communities who came out Thursday under a mandatory evacuation order. As she packed her belongings into a car and prepared to drive away from home, located about 150 meters of dikes in Wilkes-Barre, she said she knew she had to leave.
“Everything is replaceable,” he said, “but my life is not.”
Evacuees were told to expect to stay at least until Sunday or Monday, and will take some time before officials get a handle on the damage including a partial bridge collapse in northern Pennsylvania, vehicles and other well swept, and not the plants waste water treatment.
“We will have some damage, but will not know until it’s over,” said Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton.
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee that lasted for days, and followed a little over a week fueled the flood; spraying the hurricane Irene gave the East Coast. In some areas of Pennsylvania successful total precipitation of 9 inches or more above what was already a relatively wet summer.
People in many small towns and rural areas in central Pennsylvania rushed to their families and belongings safe from water as it is sometimes raised with frightening speed.
In West Pittston, which is near Wilkes-Barre, but without the protection of the dams, several hundred homes were under water – many to the second floor, said former Mayor Bill Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy’s home was one of the flooded.
It was the same story down the river in Plymouth Township, where floods inundated about 80 homes and businesses.
Further down the Susquehanna River in Bloomsburg, floodwaters exceeded the height reached by Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and is expected to crest just below the record set by a flood of 1904.
Columbia County Public Information Officer John Thomas said about a quarter of Bloomsburg is affected by the floods and several houses have been swept off their foundations by the rushing waters.
“It will be an assessment of major damage, I’m sure,” said Thomas early Friday morning. These things cannot be determined at this time due to the difficulty in reaching the affected sites. ”
Harrisburg between 6,000 and 10,000 evacuated residents in low lying areas, while in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre, an evacuation order covered all the communities along the Susquehanna River, which flooded the historic flood Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
About 75 people and domestic animals were housed five in a Red Cross shelter at Solomon-Plains Elementary School in Plains Township, Wilkes-Barre outside, many clustered around a big screen TV to watch news coverage flooding.
Christina Holmes, 38, arrived with her boyfriend and their three children. Before leaving her apartment in Wilkes-Barre, which disconnects the equipment and items collected from the ground. Holmes said she was told to stay at the hostel at least until Sunday.
“I’m trying to do the best,” he said. “I brought cards (game). Suit games for children.”
He said he has been a long time since I have seen the sunny skies, blue.
“We’ve had rain for five days and it’s like as soon as it is, which contains a backup,” said Holmes.
On Thursday night, Wilkes-Barre city crews rushed to plug the holes in the processing system of flood control of the city with sandbags. Dramatic increase in the river began to fall, giving hope that the walls and mounds of earth remain.
In nearby unprotected by the levee system, however, emergency officials expected a catastrophic flood from 800 to 900 structures, like the river was likely to crest above some roofs.
At least four dead in Pennsylvania, at least partially attributed to flooding, while a fifth person was reported missing.
In the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, two people, including a child, were killed when they were swept away by swollen waters of rain Thursday night, firefighters said.
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, police were treating the death as a drowning, pending autopsy results, after a man was pulled from the floodwaters near his home.
Heavy rains shut down parts of the Capital Beltway in Fairfax County, Virginia, some Parties have reopened. Up to 10 inches of rain have fallen in some places around Washington since Wednesday.
In northeastern Maryland, the majority of the 1,000 residents of Port Deposit ordered to evacuate after the massive Conowingo Dam, upstream from the Susquehanna River, opened the spill, and hundreds more were told to leave their homes Havre de Grace, where the river meets the Chesapeake Bay. Shelters were opened in Perryville and Aberdeen, with river levels expected to be its highest level since Hurricane Agnes.
Mandatory evacuations were also in a neighborhood along the Housatonic River in Shelton, Connecticut, as residents were cleaning up from the disaster of Hurricane Irene left behind.
“Even I have fish that swim in my garage, which is the first time,” said Brian Johnson to the Connecticut Post. “There are little fish swimming there.”
The mayor of Binghamton, New York, said the severe flooding of the Susquehanna River was the worst in more than 60 years. Twenty thousand people were ordered to go to higher ground, and emergency authorities only allowed in the city.
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