River forecast above natural flood stage; record rainfall

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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A daily rainfall record of 4.34 inches of rain fell at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Monday, breaking a 63-year-old record of rainfall when 2.86 inches fell on Aug. 13, 1955, according to records from the National Weather Service.

Since Jan. 1, 35.65 inches of rain has fallen, 12.52 inches above normal for this time of year.

And more rain is in the forecast.

Showers and thunderstorms with heavy downpours are expected today as a flash flood watch remains in effect.

The Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre is expected to crest just above 24 feet Wednesday afternoon, according to the latest forecast by the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center.

At 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, the river in Wilkes-Barre was just above 18 feet and rising.

The natural flood stage is 22 feet as earthen and concrete levees protect much of the Wyoming Valley of a river level of up to 41 feet.

Most of Luzerne County escaped major flooding by creeks and streams while areas of Columbia and Schuylkill counties on Monday sustained major flood damage.

A precautionary evacuation was ordered in certain areas of Duryea last night when the Lackawanna River began to flow out of its banks, and Oak Street in Pittston Township was closed due to flooding.

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By Ed Lewis

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