First it came from the sky- inch upon inch falling over the hills and valleys of Pennsylvania. Then it came from the tributaries overflowing with all the water coming off the mountains into the narrow stream valleys. Finally it came from the Susquehanna River, the big eastern river that feeds Chesapeake Bay.
Sirens went off as my wife and I, 3 blocks west of high water, rolled over and I simply said to her, "The river is over the banks."
Water, water, water.
Tropical Storm Agnes turning square mile upon square mile of Pennsylvania into a Federally-declared disaster area.
Here's a link to a good summary of those days 40 years ago this week.
Here's a link to the NWS page on this 40th Anniversary.
SITE RIVER OR TRIBUTARY CREST FLOOD STAGE (FEET) (FEET) BLOOMSBURG SUSQUEHANNA 31.20 19.00 DANVILLE SUSQUEHANNA 32.32 20.00 SUNBURY SUSQUEHANNA 35.80 24.00 HARRISBURG SUSQUEHANNA 32.57 17.00 RENOVO WEST BRANCH SUSQ 26.56 16.00 LOCK HAVEN WEST BRANCH SUSQ 31.30 21.00 JERSEY SHORE WEST BRANCH SUSQ 38.40 26.00 WILLIAMSPORT WEST BRANCH SUSQ 34.75 20.00 MILTON WEST BRANCH SUSQ 34.55 19.00 LEWISBURG WEST BRANCH SUSQ 34.23 18.00 CEDAR RUN PINE CREEK 16.00 12.00
A Link to article in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
For many of us, the flood of a lifetime.