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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Another Agnes?

At 9:04 p.m. last evening, I received a call asking permission to evacuate my father from his assisted-living facility in the Wyoming Valley to higher ground if and when it became necessary.

Permission granted.

An hour or so earlier, I received an e-mail from friends who live along the Susquehanna near Towanda. They indicated their basement would start flooding when the river hit ~27'.  The river was at 27.22'  27.47' 27.69' fifteen minutes ago, and still rising rapidly per the USGS graph below.

90 miles or so downstream, the Susquehanna has already started flooding in areas not protected by the levee system, set to withstand a river level of 41'. They are predicting a crest of 38.5' 39.6' as of this writing. 

Many areas are bracing for what is now looking like near record flooding.

And even further upstream near the PA/NY border...the Susquehanna continues to approach record levels.

Seriously...13' above flood stage?

I hope all my friends along the Susquehanna stay safe over the next 24-48 hours.

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