Bishop Paul Marshall request for flood relief for Northern tier parishes
September 11 Services of Remembrance in the diocese

More on Pennsylvania floods including links to news outlets in our area

[posted by Bill Lewellis to Bakery]

Susquehanna River crests in Wilkes-Barre; Delaware also crests in Easton and Riegelsville
By Tracy Jordan, Of The Morning Call
7:39 a.m. EDT, September 9, 2011

The levee system in Wilkes-Barre held back the force of the Susquehanna River at one of its historic high points overnight, sparing the city of about 50,000 from the devastation seen during the 1972 floods from Hurricane Agnes.

Meanwhile, the Delaware River in Easton and Riegelsville also has crested below major flood stage as of Friday morning.

In Easton, the river crested at 3 a.m. at 29.23, which is just below major flood stage of 30 feet but about 8 feet above flood stage. As of 5:30 a.m., the river was at 29.12 feet. Sections of Larry Holmes Drive and Route 611 remain closed in Easton.

In Riegelsville, the river crested at 5:15 a.m. at 28.06 feet, which is about two feet below major flood stage and six feet above flood stage. As of 5:30 a.m., the river was at 28.03 feet and falling.

Across the state, though, flooding from Susquehanna River, smaller rivers, creeks and streams devastated homes, businesses and attractions like Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg, the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds and Hershey Park.

Smaller communities immediately north and south of Wilkes-Barre not included in the levee project completed in 2002 have been inundated with floodwaters.

More here, including video and photos.

Federal disaster areas declared in 42 PA counties
By Tracy Jordan, Of The Morning Call
7:16 a.m. EDT, September 9, 2011
Nearly 60 percent of Pennsylvania's counties have been declared federal disaster areas, setting the stage for state and local agencies to seek federal funding to cover 75 percent of expenses incurred in response to the flooding emergency brought on by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

More here.

More at ...
The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre

The Times-Tribune, Scranton

The Daily Review (Towanda, Sayre, Troy)




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