Susquehanna River to rise to 'moderate' flood stage
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
As rain continues to fall across the region, waterways continue to rise. As of Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service predicted that Susquehanna River will soon begin to make steep rises.
Beginning Wednesday night, the river levels are forecasted to rise swiftly, reaching flood stage of 17 feet on Thursday evening. The river should continue to rise and hit 20.5 feet mid-morning on Friday. Moderate flood stage for the Susquehanna is 20 feet.
At that point, Harrisburg's City Island will be under a great deal of water. Basements of homes and businesses on both shores will flood. High water could also reach Routes 11/15 upstream of the Market Street Bridge.
Harrisburg spokesperson Robert Philbin said the city will closely monitor typical trouble spots such as City Island, Cameron Street and the Shipoke neighborhood.
On the West Shore, parts of the village of West Fairview sit very low. The Good Will Fire Company is gearing up for what could be a long few days.
"At that point, our concerns are making sure everybody's out safe," Captain Charles McMillen said.
Firefighters are prepared to pump out basements and barricade streets.
"The roads being blocked off and more or less, getting everybody out," said McMillen. "Trying to keep everyone away from the flood stage waters."
Mike Sanderson went down to the river to check on the situation. He plugged up his fishing boat. Sanderson has been in West Fairview since 1951 and knows what to expect.
"If they're saying it goes up to 20 some feet, this area here, it will come up the road where I'm standing at," Sanderson said.
Lower points, like where the Susquehanna River and the Conodoguinet Creek meet, could be worse.
"They'll block the roads off -- barricades and stuff," Sanderson said.