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June 28. 2013 11:22AM

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WILKES-BARRE - What a severe night!

Heavy rainfall dumped 1 to 4 inches last night causing flash flooding in many municipalities submerging vehicles and damaging roofs.

State Route 309 in Hazleton is closed from Broad Street to 15th Street due to heavy rain that washed out a sewer line. The roadway is expected to remain closed until 12 p.m. today.

Nearly 4 inches of rain was recorded in Sugar Notch, 3 inches in Forty fort, 1.5 inches in Harveys Lake and 1.3 inches in Dallas, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y.

The roof was damaged at Mercy Special Care Hospital in Nanticoke, and at least five vehicles in the Gateway Shopping Plaza along Northampton Street in Edwardsville became submerged when the parking lot flooded.

The official rainfall report from NWS says 1.55 inches was recorded at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport yesterday. The record rainfall for June 27 was 2.41 inches set in 2006, which resulted in the evacuation of the Wyoming Valley when the Susquehanna River reached 34.14 feet on June 28, 2006.

Since June 1, 4.67 inches of rain has fallen, 1 inch above normal for the month. Since Jan. 1, 14.4 inches of rain has fallen, 3 inches below normal that is 17.4 inches for this time of year.

The Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre is expected to reach 15 feet Sunday morning, according to the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center.

Thunderstorms may form once again this afternoon.

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