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Despite Rain Chances, Susquehanna River Will Continue To Fall

August 17, 2018

Despite Rain Chances, Susquehanna River Will Continue To Fall

WILKES-BARRE — The height of the Susquehanna River continued to drop Thursday, and it is expected to keep dropping today despite the possibility of rain.

The water level has been dropping since reaching a crest of about 28.8 feet around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

It lowered to about 17.55 feet as of 6:30 p.m. Thursday and was forecast to continue dropping through today to reach about 12 feet.

The forecast says more rain is likely to fall in our area today and Saturday. The river is expected to slightly rise again, about two feet, Saturday night into Sunday, still well below the level that brings the river over its banks in some places of Luzerne County.

The water that closed streets and inundated low-lying areas is gone for now.

Precipitation this weekend will move across the area quickly, dropping rain but moving on, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

That’s different from the repeated showers and storms over a widespread area that drained to the Susquehanna River that caused the river to rise.

Precipitation measurements at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport showed about 4.3 inches of rain Monday, a heavy downpour, followed by another good soaking of about 1.2 inches Tuesday. More fell in watersheds that drain to the river, adding up to a situation that caused moderate flooding in the county.

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bwellock@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2051, @CVBillW

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