Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (PA) Heavy rains cause flooding in central PA

Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2018 12:53:23 EDT

Summary: USGS crews respond to widespread flooding in central Pennsylvania as a result of heavy rain over the last 72 hours.

Over 6 inches of rain fell in central Pennsylvania over the last 72 hours, with another 2-4 inches forecast through Thursday morning. Up to 8 inches of rain fell near Harrisburg in the last 24 hours. Several road closures and evacuations have been reported.

The Swatara Creek Basin is currently experiencing major flooding. A total of 18 USGS streamgages are in, or forecasted to be, above flood stage , including 3 in major flooding. Several streamgages are not expected to peak until later in the week.

15 USGS personnel from the New Cumberland, Williamsport, and Downingtown offices have been deployed to make flood measurements. All streamgages are operational.

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