Pennsylvania Braces For Major Flooding - Evacuations Underway - Highways Closed

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Disasters can be created as a result of one incident or a combination of incidents leading to an unfavorable outcome. 

  • It appears the accumulation of rain from both Irene and Lee has pushed river stages into the danger zone here in Pennsylvania.  Officials expect massive flooding similar to what was experienced from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.  In Luzerne County the Susquehanna River is expected to crest at or above flood stage later today or tomorrow.

I lived through and experienced the devastation of Agnes when it hit.  I can tell you first hand how treacherous the force of water can be.  I remember tiny trickles in farm pastures that turned into raging rivers of mass destruction.

  • Roads and bridges were washed away like they were toothpick structures.  I can still see herds of cows being swept down the Susquehanna struggling and flailing, trying to keep their heads above water.  Houses floating past like a child's toy boat.  Coffins were uprooted and floated down stream landing who knows where.  It was a total nightmare.

Luzerne County where Wilkes-Barre Pa is located has mandatory evacuations under way at this moment.  The list of counties in the path of flooding is extensive. 

If you have family or friends located in any of these areas communicate with them. 

  • Tell them to heed the warnings and get out if they are in a potential flood zone.  Portions of Interstate 80 and 81 are already closed.  Ordinary routes may not be passable at this time.

You can follow the news live on the local channel WNEP NEWS



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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Bonnie  it is so sad that this flooding is hurting so many folks around the area . Roads and homes are flooding . Business are flooding roads are closed here in Phila and Bucks County too. Let's hold tight and hope for the best .


Sep 08, 2011 05:46 AM #1
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

So sorry you all are having to go through this. Thinking of you all and hoping for the best possible outcome.

Sep 08, 2011 06:16 AM #2
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Hannah:  You are in one of the areas too.  So far my county is not involved, but things can change so rapidly

Gina: thanks for your comment.  Our country has suffered many weather related disasters this year.  I'm praying there is no loss of life.

Sep 08, 2011 06:36 AM #3
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