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Flood Warnings for Ice Jams

UPDATE From Luzerne County EMA with WILK's Sue Henry

January 24, 2018 - 8:40 am

Flood WarningAlert:...

The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Pennsylvania..
The Flood Warning continues for The Susquehanna River Near Wilkes-Barre.

* From this afternoon until Thursday afternoon.

* At 11 AM Wednesday the stage was 20.2 feet.

* Flood stage is 22.0 feet.

* Minor flooding is forecast.
There is currently flooding along Susquehanna Street in West Pittston and along Rt. 92 upstream of the gauge.

* Forecast...The river is expected to rise above flood stage by 2 PM Wednesday and crest near 22.7 feet tonight.

The river is being affected by a large ice jam. Exact water levels in all areas along the river are unpredictable and can vary by several feet in any given moment.

This forecast is based on an expectation that the ice jam will partially release this water volume toward, and downstream of the gauge.

* Impact...At 22.0 feet...Minor flooding begins. Lowlands in Plainsville, Plymouth Flats, West Nanticoke and Shickshinny flood.
Maximum effective design of levee protection in the City of Wilkes-Barre is 41 feet.
Do not drive over flooded roads or bridges.

Officials are also watching the low lying areas of the Lackawanna River due to a backup (ice)  on the Susquehanna River.

Luzerne County EMA Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan with Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency has an update on the ice/flooding with WILK's Sue Henry

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