Residents along Swatara Creek brace for more flooding


People living along the Swatara Creek can’t seem to catch a break. They’ve been trying to dry out last month’s flooding, and now the water is rising again.

The Union Canal House has been battered by floods over the years, including the one in July.

“We have been closed for nearly three weeks, so we lost business, but now we are up and running we have to get the people back in here,” owner Deborah Albright said.

With rain in the forecast, there is not much the owners can do to prevent more flood water from doing more damage. 

“Sandbags will not help at all,” Albright said. “I thought about that during the last one, but no, they will not help.”

In neighboring Swatara Township, officials continue to monitor weather reports.

Schiavoni and McNaughton parks were closed Monday as a precaution. 

“If it goes from flooding in the parks to areas closest to the stream to homes and intersections and flash flooding, we step up our emergency response,” said Tom Connolly, president of the township’s board of commissioners.

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