Mayor Thomas Leighton has met with City officials and emergency services chiefs and announced the following minimum precautionary measures in the areas of Solomon Creek and Hollenback Golf Course in accordance with the storm predictions from the National Weather Service over the next 36 hours.
• The bridge located at Waller and South Franklin Streets will be closing at 5:00 p.m. today.
• The Barney and Regent Street bridges will remain open while weather conditions are monitored throughout the evening hours.
• Police and Fire Departments will monitor creek levels and flood prone areas throughout the storm.
• The Citywide Surveillance Camera System will also be utilized to monitor creek levels and other areas of concern
• Hollenback Golf Course located on North Washington Street will be closed on Thursday, June 13th because of the storm.
• DPW employees normally working at Hollenback will be available to assist with flood and debris cleanup.
• The golf course is expected to re-open for business on Friday, June 14th for normal operating hours.
“This storm has the potential to produce very heavy downpours that could result in up to three inches of rain in a short period,” said Mayor Leighton. “We are taking the necessary precautions to effectively handle the potential impact of this storm in the city.”
The National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y., issued a flood watch for 65 of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. The only two counties not under a weather alert are in the extreme south western part of the commonwealth.
Anticipated rainfall was split in Luzerne County with the eastern half expected to receive three to four inches and the western, less populated area of the county to get two to three inches.
The Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center in State College is expecting the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre to reach just above 18 feet Saturday morning, four feet below the natural flood stage of 22 feet.
Luzerne County Emergency Management Coordinator Stephen Bekanich said any serious flooding depends on how much rain falls and if any heavy rain bands stall over the county.