A Lebanon County bridge will remained closed because of flash flooding caused by heavy rains from a thunderstorm Monday afternoon.
Annville Township manager Nick Yingst said the bridge over the Quittapahilla Creek on South Spruce Street will remain off-limits as a precaution until it has been inspected and deemed safe.
"Interestingly enough, the water never came over the bridge," Yingst said. "The road is a little lower than the bridge on the south side approach and, because of the water running significantly there, we thought it best to close down the bridge just for safety's sake."
Yingst had no idea when the bridge might reopen, but expected that it could remain closed for several days.
The concern is over a large section that is crumbling.
"We have a call into the county bridge inspector," he said. "We're waiting to hear back from him and he's the expert to determine when this will be safe again."
Neighbors said it's rare for flood waters to close the bridge.
"This is maybe the second time it's been closed since the time we've been here," said Mark Mecham, a resident of Annville for 23 years. "I think the last time was - during Lee in September of 2011, it was closed for a little while."
Locals said the closure is an inconvenience because Spruce Street is their short-cut.
"It'll get you off Route 422 and allows you to go into Lebanon on Bricker, Walnut Street," Mecham said. "No lights and less traffic, and it's really the only way to get to the south part of the county from here."