RailRiders game called off amid wet weather; flash-flood watch in effect

By Brigid Edmunds-Lawrence and Derek Levarse - Staff writers
The Luzerne County Fire Companies Facebook page shared a photo from the Luzerne/Columbia counties line showing Zaners Bridge Road flooded, with debris covering the roadway. - Photo courtesy Dustin Thomas

Back from a week-long road trip, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders had to wait another day to play at PNC Field in Moosic.

The weather forced a quick postponement to the RailRiders’ game against Indianapolis, as the decision was made a full two-and-a-half hours before first pitch.

As a make-up, the RailRiders and Indians will play a doubleheader on Tuesday with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. for a 5:05 p.m. start.

Heavy rain caused widespread flooding Monday afternoon across much of eastern Pennsylvania, and while the Wyoming Valley seems to have been spared the brunt of it so far, there could be more to come.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday for several counties in the region, including Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming, as well as neighboring counties in New York.

The NWS said heavy rain will cause rapid rises and possible flash flooding of streams and creeks, overflow of ditches and culverts and ponding of water on roads.

LCTA suspended bus service to Frances Slocum State Park. The Monday Wilkes-Barre farmers market was also cancelled.

Across social media, dozens of users shared pictures and videos of roads, backyards and houses flooding.

Luzerne County Fire Companies Facebook page shared a photo from the Luzerne/Columbia counties line showing Zaners Bridge Road flooded, with debris covering the roadway.

PennDOT posted on their Facebook page early in the day warning people against trying to drive through flooded areas.

“Turn around. Don’t drown,” the post said.

PennDOT also posted a list of roads throughout the region that were closed as of early Monday afternoon.

In other parts of the state, however, the rising waters have already become more than a nuisance.

The Philadelphia area was hit by flash flooding, resulting in water rescues in Montgomery County, CBS Philly reported.

Check back for updates and see Tuesday’s Times Leader for more.

The Luzerne County Fire Companies Facebook page shared a photo from the Luzerne/Columbia counties line showing Zaners Bridge Road flooded, with debris covering the roadway.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_39059823_1889167221122360_8798740697747292160_n-1.jpgThe Luzerne County Fire Companies Facebook page shared a photo from the Luzerne/Columbia counties line showing Zaners Bridge Road flooded, with debris covering the roadway. Photo courtesy Dustin Thomas

By Brigid Edmunds-Lawrence and Derek Levarse

Staff writers

Reach Brigid Edmunds-Lawrence at 570-991-6113 or on Twitter @brigidedmunds

Reach Brigid Edmunds-Lawrence at 570-991-6113 or on Twitter @brigidedmunds