Heavy Flooding In Argentina, Dozens Dead, Billions in Damages


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Last week, Argentina was struck by record rains, which caused disastrous flooding in the cities of La Plata, and Buenos Aries.  The BBC has more…

Emergency workers in Argentina continue to try to rescue residents stranded by flooding in Buenos Aires and La Plata.

More than 50 people are known to have died after one of the heaviest storms recorded caused flash floods.

Thousands were evacuated from their homes and dozens are still stranded on rooftops, treetops and the roofs of city buses, local media report.

The government has declared three days of national mourning after what it called “an unprecedented catastrophe”.

‘Death trap’

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” provincial governor Daniel Scioli said.

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“People were taken by surprise, and some didn’t have time to escape this deadly trap,” Mr Scioli said, referring to the speed with which the waters rose.

Provincial officials said 40cm (16in) of rain fell on the city of La Plata in the space of two hours late on Tuesday night.

Earlier, the storm had dumped 15cm of rainfall on the capital, Buenos Aires.

Local officials said at least 48 people were killed in La Plata, six in Buenos Aires and two in its suburbs. The Red Cross said most of the victims had been elderly people who drowned in their homes.

So far, only half of the bodies have been identified and rescue workers fear the number of dead may rise as more bodies are found as the flood waters recede.

The Guardian (UK) has video…

As well all know from recent flooding in PA, as well as the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the immediate disaster is only the beginning for the victims, as they have to try and put their lives back together with rubble as a backdrop.  Then, add inept governments, and the people need all the help they can get.  Here is a link to the Argentine Red Cross, who can help with the victims if this disaster.


Frankenstorm Update: Hurricane Sandy is Strengthening, Last Minute Preparations Needed


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As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, there is word that she is strengthening.  Here is more from the NY Times…

Forecasters cautioned that the course of the storm could change, but officials from the National Hurricane Center said that it was no longer a question of if the storms would converge — but where and with how much force.

Dr. Knabb of the National Hurricane Center said the storm’s intensity was unlikely to change. “The center of circulation is only going to be a very small part of the story,” he said. “This is not just going to be a coastal event.” People from Virginia northward should be prepared for a “long-duration event,” he said.

Utility companies were rushing to put crews in place to deal with power failures, which state officials warned could be extensive and long lasting. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told residents that they should be prepared to go 7 to 10 days without electricity. On Saturday evening, Amtrak began to cancel train service to parts of the East Coast, including between Washington, D.C., and New York.

Also, Accuweather has some advise for preparations…

-Get prescriptions refilled now, especially if you doctor must approve the refill.

-Vote. If the stronger models are correct, power could still be out in some paces on election day. Regardless, that is one less thing you will need to do. The election will not (and shouldn’t be) postponed.

-If you can get an electrician to install a generator, get it done. Do not try to install a generator yourself. If you don’t have a generator, get a power inverter or two. Radio Shack and similar stores sell them. They are a “poor man’s generator” and will keep your cell phone, laptop, and similar charged.

-Keep your car’s gas tank full. If you have a wood-burning fireplace and you know your chimney is clear, get wood. Keep some indoors to keep it dry during the storm. You may need it to heat your home.

-If you live in a 100-year flood plain (you can check at city hall or your library) or on the coast figure out your evacuation strategy now. Make your list of things you will take with you. Fill a few gas cans (the type you would use for your mower) to have extra in the event of power failures. Purchase extra staples. Without power, stores will be closed.

-Purchase booster batteries for your cell phone and other essential equipment.

-If you need insulin or other medicine that must be kept chilled make plans now. Consider what you would do if you were without electricity for a month. If you have an invalid living with you that requires electricity, there will be areas that will be without power for weeks.

-Be proactive. If you live in a heavily wooded area, does someone in your vicinity have a gasoline-powered chain saw? Does it have fuel and a reasonably good chain/blade? Test it, now.

-Get to an ATM. Without power, credit card readers and ATMs will not be working. In a disaster, cash is king. 

OK then, it appears that things are going to get pretty bad, so it’s best that if you haven’t done any preparations that you do so now.  Your humble admins lives by one simple rule-never live in a flood plain.  However, while the CH 2.0 Bunker is high and dry, a power outage has been planned for.

As for blogging, I may have to try the smart phone.  It won’t be able to do much, but updates will be possible.


Will Another Tropical System Hit the Northeast with Flooding Rains?


Possibly, according to Accuweather.

As a large area of high pressure over the mid-Atlantic states weakens and shifts northeastward early this week, the aforementioned low pressure system will shift north as well.

The associated flood threat will shift from Florida into parts of Georgia and South Carolina on Monday.

Cities such as Savannah, Charleston and Augusta could receive upwards of 2-4 inches of rainfall Monday into Monday night, which is enough to cause localized flooding.

Flooding rains will shift into the remainder of the Carolinas Monday night into Tuesday before threatening the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by midweek.

A renewed threat for flooding rains is “is the last thing residents of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast want to hear.” According to Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

Only a month has passed since torrential rain from once-Tropical Storm Lee causeddevastating flooding along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and New York.

I’ll keep watching this story, and post again when there are development.  The Northeast can ill-afford more flooding rain.  Personally, I hope the storm rains itself out prior to arriving.  The good news is that it will not develop into a hurricane, which would have added even more damage potential.


Wyoming Valley Flood Update: Road Closures Continue


Here is the most recent list of roads closed due to flood conditions, via WNEP.  Since the site has received so much local traffic over the last few days, I thought to share this.  Stay safe.  While flooding conditions are improving, there are still some dangerous spots.

SR 6 from SR 3011 (Madigan Road) in Burlington Township to SR 4001 (Saco Road) in North Towanda Township

SR 6 in Burlington and West Burlington townships, from Berwick Turnpike to Bailey Corners Road

SR 6 from SR 187 at Wysox to Valley Road in Standing Stone Township

SR 6 in Troy Township from SR 14 to SR 3032 (Mud Creek Road)

SR 6 from Bridge Street in Wyalusing Borough to Moravian Road in Wyalusing Township

SR 154 from the Sullivan County line to Main Street in Canton Borough

SR 187 in Asylum Township from Kilmer Hill Road to North Street

SR 187 in Orwell Township (bridge out) one-quarter mile north of Orwell Hill Road

SR 187 in Windham Township from SR 1049 to the New York state line

SR 187 from Wyalusing New Albany Road to the Wyoming County line

SR 199 from SR 220 in Athens Township to Pine Street in Athens Borough

SR 220 closed in Monroeton from Church Street to SR 414

SR 220 from Overton Road in New Albany from Laddsburg Hill Road in Albany Township

SR 414 from SR 3013 (Grange Road) in Franklin Township to Main Street in Monroeton

SR 414 in Leroy Township, from East Canton Road to Windfall Road

SR 514 in Granville Township, from Rockwell Hill Road to Spencer Hill Road

SR 1002 (Turkey Path Road) in Tuscarora Township, from SR 1007 (Spring Hill Road) to SR 367

SR 1007 in Tuscarora and Stevens townships, from SR 1001 to SR 1003

SR 1017 (Herrickville Road) in Herrick Township, from SR 706 at Camptown to Arey Road

SR 1029 (Lake Hill Road) in Wysox Township from SR 187 to SR 1031 (Wesauking Road)

SR 1029 (Lake Hill Road) from SR 1046 (Bumpville Road) in Rome Township to North Rome Road in Litchfield Township

SR 1040 (Cadis Road) in Warren Township, from Leraysville Road to the New York state line

SR 1043 (Sheshequin Road) from Front Street in Athens Township to the New York state line in Litchfield Township

SR 1043 (Sheshequin Road) in Sheshequin Township, from SR 1022 (Ghent Hill Road) to Ridge Road

SR 1043 (Sheshequin Road) from Bradley Road in Sheshequin Township to Orange Hill Road in Athens Township (mud and rock slides)

SR 1049 (Leraysville Road) in Pike, Warren and Windham townships, from SR 467 to SR 187

SR 1055 (Battle Creek Road) from SR 187 at Rome to Cotton Hollow Road

SR 1055 (Battle Creek Road) in Rome Township, (bridge out) between C Harrington Road and North Orwell Road

SR 1056 (Front Street) in Athens Township, from SR 199 to North Rome Road

SR 1067 (Hill Road) in Litchfield Township, from Cotton Hollow Road to Litchfield Road

SR 1069 (Elmira Street) in Athens Borough, at Pine Street; SR 2007 (Wilmot Road) from SR 2011 (Marsh Road) in Terry Township to SR 2009 (Ambrosious Road) in Wilmot Township

SR 2010 (Wyalusing New Albany Road) between SR 187 and SR 6; SR 2010 (Wyalusing New Albany Road) from Gravel Pit Road to Oak Hill Road

SR 3003 (Ellenton Mountain Road) in Canton Township, from Barnes Hill Road to Brague Road

SR 3008 (Southside Road) from Mill Street in Leroy Township to SR 414 in Franklin Township

SR 3013 (Grange Road) in Franklin Township from Creamery Road to Alexander Road

SR 3017 (Allen Meadow Road) from SR 514 in Granville Township to Pension Road in Franklin Township

SR 3024 (Fairview Road) in West Burlington Township, from Bailey Corners Road to Hanks Road

SR 3028 (Cowley Road) in Granville Township, from Windfall Road to SR 514

SR 3029 (Gulf Road) in Granville and Troy Townships

SR 4007 (Mac Road) from SR 6 in Burlington Borough to SR 4001 (Shotgun Hollow Road) in SmithfieldTownship

SR 4018 (Wolcott Hollow Road) from Mile Lane Road in Ridgebury Township to SR 220 in Athens Township

SR 4020 (Mile Lane Road) in Athens Township from Wilawana Road to Highland Road

SR 4022 (Wilawana Road) in Athens Township from Elmira Street to the New York state line.


Carbon County

Fritz Valley Road/Mill Road between PA 443 and PA 902 in Mahoning Township due to flooding

Country Club Road between routes 443 and 902 in Mahoning Township due to flooding

PA 902 between Mahoning Drive in Mahoning Township and Blakeslee Blvd. in

Lehighton Borough is closed due to flooding.


Columbia County

SR 11 between Market Street in Bloomsburg and SR 42

SR 42 from Millville Road in Hemlock Township to Black Run Road in Madison Township

SR 42 from Grovania Drive in Montour Township to the SR 11 on ramp

SR 42 in Catawissa between SR 487 and Mountain Road

SR 339 from Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin Township to Broad Street in Nescopeck

SR 339 in Main Township, from Mainville Drive to Mt. Pink Road

SR 487 from Airport Road to SR 11 at Bloomsburg

SR 487 between Catawissa and SR 54 at Elysburg, flooding near Southern Columbia School

SR 1010 (Hosler Road/Eckrote Road) in North Centre Township, from Cabin Run Road to Shelhamer Road

SR 1017 (Lake Road) in Briar Creek Township, from SR 93 to Evansville Road

SR 1020 (Winding Road) in Fishing Creek Township, from Asbury Road to Harrison Road

SR 1022 (Zaners Bridge Road) in Fishing Creek Road, from SR 487 to the Luzerne County line

SR 2001 (Ideal Park Road/Mill Road) from Duke Road in Roaring Creek Township to Gobster Pond Road in Locust Township

SR 2004 (Center Street) from SR 61 in Centralia to theSchuylkill County line

SR 2005 (Slabtown Road) from Ideal Park Road in Locust Township to Numidia Drive in Catawissa Township

SR 2018 (Sycamore Road/Main Street/Church Street) from Fourth Street in Catawissa to Mainville Drive in Main Township

SR 3001 (Fisherdale Road) in Cleveland Township, from Bear Gap Road to Middle Road

SR 3001 (Tyson School Road/Fisherdale Road) from Ashton Hollow Road in Cleveland Township to SR 42 in Locust Township

SR 3003 (Ashton Hollow Road/Orchard Drive) from Middle Road in Cleveland Township to Mt. Zion Road in Franklin Township

SR 3004 from SR 61 to the Northumberland County line; SR 3008 (Bear Gap Road) in Cleveland Township, from Power Line Road to White Church Road

SR 3010 (Middle Road) in Cleveland Township, between Bear Gap Road and Ashton Hollow Road

SR 3012 (Mt. Zion Road) in Franklin Township, from theMontour County line to SR 42 in Catawissa

SR 3014 (Susque View Road) in Franklin Township, from Mt. Zion Road

SR 4002 (Legion Road/Grovania Drive) in Montour Township, from SRs 42 to 11

SR 4008 (Back Branch Road) in Mount Pleasant Township from Millertown Road to White Church Road

SR 4009 (Millville Road) from Main Street in Bloomsburg to Mall Boulevard

SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Greenwood Township, from Bottom Road to Old State Road

SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Mount Pleasant Township, from Rolling Hills Drive to Turner Highview Road

SR 4012 (Peppermill Road) in Hemlock and Madison townships, from Columbia Hill Road to SR 44

SR 4023 (Spruce Run Road) in Madison Township, from intersection of SR 254 to Ants Hill Road

SR 4025 (Ants Hill Road) in Madison Township from SR 44 to Liuzza Road

SR 4034 (Mount Pleasant Road) in Orange Township from SR 487 to Sandy Stone Drive

SR 4049 (Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, from Spring Street in Central to the Sullivan County line


Lackawanna County
SR 3005 is closed in both directions between the Luzerne County line and Evergreen Drive in Ransom

Luzerne County
Interstate 80, East and West, is NOW OPEN in both Luzerne and Columbia Counties.  We have no report of I-80 being closed at any other location in Pennsylvania

SR 11 is closed in both directions between Spruce Street in Salem and Susquehanna Ave in West Pittston

SR 11 South is closed between the intersections from 4016/0260 SH in Hunlock to Columbia County (19)

SR 11 North is closed between the intersections of Walnut St in Berwick to the intersections of 239/188 SH in Shickshinny

SR 29 is closed in both directions between US 11 North and Hartman Road in Lehman

SR 29 is closed in both directions between Exit 3 (Nanticoke) and Exit 2 (Wilkes Barre/Alden)

SR 239 is closed in both directions between SR 3036/80 in Nescopeck and US 11 in Conyngham

SR 339 is closed in both directions between Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin and Broad Street in Nescopeck

SR 415 is closed in both directions between Lake Drive in Harvey’s Lake and SR 29 in Noxen

SR 1021 (8th Street Bridge in Wyoming) is closed.

SR 1009 (Market Street) is closed in both directions between SR 11 (Wyoming Ave) in Kingston and River Street/Market Street in Wilkes Barre

SR 2001 (Ashley Street/St. Mary’s Road) is closed in both directions between W. Cemetery Street in Ashley and Main St. in Hanover

SR 2002 West (Main St/ Sans Souci Parkway) is closed at the intersections of Dundee Rd in Hanover to the intersection of Market St/+Main St in Nanticoke

SR 2002 West (Main Street/Sans Souci Parkway) is closed between the intersection of Trailer Park Road in Hanover and Market Street/Main Street in Nanticoke

SR 2002 East (Main Street/Sans Souci Parkway) is closed between Kosciuszko Ave/Jefkin Street in Nanticoke and Trailer Park Road in Hanover

SR 2004 (River Street/Main Street/Carey Ave) is closed between Carey Street in Plains and Thompson Street in Jenkins

SR 2004 (River/Main/Carey Ave) is closed in both directions between Haines Street and Poplar Street in Plains

SR 2006 (Main Street) is closed in both directions between Phoenix Street and Stephenson Street in Duryea

SR 3004 (Main St/Newport St./Kirmar Ave) is closed in both directions between PA 239 (Main St/Pond Hill Rd) in Conyngham and Gruver Street/Alden Mountain Road in Newport

SR 3008 (Ruckle Hill Road/Blytheburn Road) is closed in both directions between SR 239 (Miner Street) in Conyngham and Schmids Road in Slocum

SR 3015 (Broad Street/Black Street) is closed in both directions between  West Zenith and SR 339 (Broad Street) in Nescopeck due to flooding and downed utility

SR 4004 (W. Butler Street/Shickshinney Valley Rd) is closed in both directions between Saw Mill Road and Carson Lane in Salem.

SR 4013 (Mossville RD) is closed in both directions at the intersection of Bethel Hill Rd in Fairmount to the intersection of 118 (PA-118) SR 118 SH in Fairmount

SR 4015 (Bethel Hill Road) is closed in both directions between Mossville Road and Johnson/Talcott Hill Road in Fairmount


 Lycoming County


SR 87 from SR 973 at Loyalsockville to Route 220 at Dushore in Sullivan County

SR 220 from SR 405 in Hughesville to SR 42 at Muncy Valley in Sullivan County

SR 973 from SR 287 at Salladasburg to Lycoming Creek Road

SR 973 in Eldred Township, from Yeagle Road to SR 87; SR 973 in Mifflin Township, at Salladasburg between SR 287 and Jobs Run Road

SR 1002 (Trout Run Mountain Road) from Rose Valley Road to SR 14

SR 1003 (Wallis Run Road) from SR 973 at Slabtown to Murray Run Road in Gamble Township

SR 1004 (Southard Road/Field Station Road/Beech Valley Road) from SR 14 to Rose Valley Road

SR 2014 (Broad Street) in Montoursville, between Warrensville Road and Loyalsock Avenue, also the I-180 WB on-ramp from Broad Street is closed

SR 2014 (John Brady Drive) from Industrial Parkway in Muncy Creek Township to Water Street in Muncy Borough

SR 2039 (Warrensville Road) from East Third Street to Four Mile Drive

SR 2053 (Rabbit Town Road) in Muncy and Wolf townships, from SR 220 to SR 864

SR 2055 (Chippewa Road) in Muncy Creek Township, from SR 405 to East Lime Bluff Road

SR 2067 (Wallis Road) in Moreland Township, from SR 442 to Dairy Farm Road

SR 2069 (Moreland Township Road) in Moreland Township, from Old Lairdsville Road to SR 118

SR 2073 (Beaver Lake Road) from SR 220 in Wolf Township to Green Valley Road in Penn Township

SR 2077 (Beaver Run Road) in Franklin Township from SR 118 to Beaver Lake Road in Penn Township

SR 3007 (Pine Run Road) in Woodward Township, from SR 220, south

SR 4001 (Little Pine Creek Road) from SR 44 in Cummings Township to SR 287 in Pine Township



Montour County

SR 11 from Bald Top Road in Mahoning Township to County Line Road in Union County

SR 54 from north of Washingtonville to SR 44 east of Turbotville

SR 2008 (Bloom Road) in Mahoning Township, from Schoolhouse Road to Woodbine Lane

SR 3004 (Pottsgrove Road) in Liberty Township, between SR 45 and SR 642

SR 4003 (Strick Road) in Limestone Township, from Landis Road to Ziegler Road

SR 4001 (County Line Road) in Limestone Township


Northampton County

 Route 611 between Durham Road inRiegelsville Borough,Bucks County and South Third Street in the City ofEaston due to flooding

Green Pond Road between Farmersville Road and South Country Club Road inBethlehem Township due to flooding

PA 611 between Lower Mud Run Road and Main Street in LowerMount Bethel Township due to flooding

PA 611 between Coffeetown Road and Mill Street in Williams Township due to flooding

Lehigh Drive between Adamson Street and Hugh Moore Park Road in City of Easton due to flooding

Green Pond Road between Farmersville Road and South County Club Road inBethlehem Township due to flooding.


Northumberland County


SR 45 from SR 405 to SR 147 at Montandon

SR 61 in Upper Augusta Township, from Black Mill Road to SR 890

SR 61 (Front Street) along the Susquehanna River at Sunbury

SR 61 at the Hamilton Underpass just outside of Sunbury; SR 61 between Sunbury and SR 225 at Shamokin

SR 147 from the SR 225 connector in Lower Mahanoy Township to just south of Sunbury in Upper Augusta Township

SR 147 from Boyles Run Road in Lower Augusta Township to SR 4018 in Upper Augusta Township

SR 405 from SR 147 to SR 45 near Montandon

SR 405 from Tenth Street in Milton to Susquehanna Trail in Turbot Township

SR 487 from SR 54 at Elysburg to SR 42 in Catawissa

SR 1005 (Seagrave Drive) in Delaware Township, between Eighth Street Drive and SR 54

SR 1014 (Brimmer Avenue) in Watsontown, from Main Street to the river bridge

SR 1015 (Paradise Street) from SR 44 at Turbotville to SR 1016 in Turbot Township

SR 1024 (Ridge Road) in Point Township, from Spruce Hollow Road to Roush Drive/Mountain Road

SR 1031 (Housels Run Road) in West Chillisquaque Township, from SR 45 to Sodom Road

SR 2002 (Boyd Station Road) in Rush Township, from SR 54 to the Montour County line

SR 2001 (Little Roaring Creek Road/Sharp Ridge Road) in Rush Township; SR 2003 (Logan Run Road) in Rush Township, between Hill Road and Warner Road

SR 2016 (Reading Turnpike RD) from SR 61 in Shamokin Township to SR 2018 in Ralpho Township

SR 2018 (Airport Road) in Ralpho Township from SR 54 to Reading Turnpike Road

SR 2020 (Mountain Road) in Ralpho Township, between SR 61 and Reading Turnpike Road

SR 2022 (School House Road) in Shamokin Township, from Hollow Road to Irish Valley Road

SR 2040 (7th Street) in Mount Carmel Borough from SR 61 to Ashland Road

SR 3006 (Herndon Bypass Road) in Jackson Township, from SR 147 to SR 225

SR 3024 (Mahantango Creek Road) in Lower Mahanoy Township, from SR 147 to Malta Road

SR 3012 in Jackson and Lower Mahanoy townships – the SR 225/SR 147 connector

SR 4001 (Sunbury Road) from East Sunbury Road in Rush Township to SR 54 inRiverside Borough

SR 4002 (Kipps Run Road) inRiverside from Pine Swamp Hollow Road to Trailer Park Road

SR 4004 (Mile Post Road) in Upper Augusta Township, from Shikellamy Avenue to Mount Pleasant Road

SR 4012 (Snydertown Road) from Reagan Street in Sunbury to Market Street in Snydertown

SR 4020 (Hallowing Run Road) in Rockefeller Township, from Dornsife Mountain Road to SR 890

SR 4026 (Irish Valley Road) in Shamokin Township, between Hollow Road and SR 61


 Schuylkill County

Route 125 between Penndye Street in Pine Grove Borough and the beginning of Route 125 due to flooding

Route 645 between Suedberg Road in Pine Grove Township and Meckville Road in Bethel Township due to flooding

Gold Mine Road between the Dauphin County line in Tremont Township and Greenwood/Clarks Valley Road in Porter Township due to flooding


Snyder County

SR 11 from the SR 15 split at Tedd’s Landing to Duke Street in Northumberland

SR 2009 (Middlecreek Road) in Penn Township, from Market Street to SR 35


Sullivan County

SR 87 from Route 220 at Dushore to I-180 in Lycoming County

SR 154 from SR 220 at Laporte to SR 87 at Forksville

SR 220 from SR 405 in Hughesville to Muncy Valley

SR 2001 (Beaver Lake Road) in Davidson Township, from the Lycoming County line to SR 42

SR 2002 (Nordmont Road) in Davidson Township, between Brown Hill Road and Long Brook Road

SR 3005 from the Lycoming County line in Shrewsbury Township to SR 87

SR 4001 (Elk Creek Road) from SR 154 at Lincoln Falls to SR 87 in Hillsgrove Township

SR 4005 (Middle Road) in Fox Township, from Mountain Road to SR 154

SR 4014 from SR 154 in Elkland Township to Mill View Mountain Road in Forks Township

  Susquehanna County

SR 11 is closed in both directions from SR 1029 Hallstead to the New York State Line.  Please note: River Bridge on SR 11 is now open.

SR 92 is closed in both directions between Westfall Ave in Susquehanna Depot and Riverside Drive in Oakland

SR 92 is closed in both directions between SR 2067 and SR 2075 in Gibson

SR 167 (PA-167) is closed in both directions between intersections of SR 2015 SH in Bridgewater to the intersection of Williams Rd in Bridgewater.

SR 171 is closed in both directions between High Street in Oakland and Hawkins Pond Road in Great Bend

SR 1009 (Viaduct Street/Starrucca Creek Road/Main Street) is closed in both directions between King Hill Road inHarmony and Jefferson Street in Lanesboro

SR 1010 (Harmony Road) is closed in both directions between Main Street in Oakland and Main Street in Hallstead

SR 1015 (Main Street/River Road) is closed in both directions between Viaduct Street and Germantown Road in Lanesboro

SR 1033 (New York Ave/Church St) is closed in both directions between Main St in Hallstead and unnamed Rd in Great Bend.

SR 1037 is closed in both directions between the intersections of SR 1018 SH in Franklin and the intersection of New York Ave in Hallstead.

SR 2006 (Mack Rd) is closed in both directions between SR 2015  and SR 2013 inBrooklyn

SR 3019 is closed in both directions between the intersections of Tyler Hill Rd in Dimock to intersection of Elk Lake School Rd


Tioga County

SR 328 in Jackson Township, from Wales Road to Hudson Hill Road

SR 1007 (Elk Run Road) from Ashley Hill Road in Sullivan Township to Reynolds Road in Rutland Township

SR 1018 (Warner Road/Pony Hill Road) in Jackson Township, from SR 328 to Middle Road


Union County

SR 45 in East Buffalo Township, from SR 15 to the Northumberland County line

SR 1005 (River Road) in Kelly Township, from SR 15 to Water Street


Wayne County

SR 196 is closed in both directions between Keystone Road in Lake and PA 296 (Easton Tpk/Gravity Hill Road) in South Canaan

SR 1011 is closed in both directions between Perkins Pond Road and Gobblers Knob Lane in Berlin

SR 1031 is closed in both directions between Conklin Hill Road and Swago Road in Damascus.  This is a long-term bridge closure.  Anticipated opening, April 2012.

Large and heavy vehicles should avoid SR 2009 Between PA 6 and SR 1005 due to road conditions.


Wyoming County

SR 6 is closed in both directions between Canal Street and Mowry Street in Meshoppen

SR 29 is closed in both directions between Beaver Street in Noxen and Bigelow Lane in Monroe Township

SR 29 is closed in both directions between Maple Street and Tannery Street in Noxen

SR 29 is closed in both directions between SR 118 and Lake Road in Noxen

SR 29 is closed in both directions between SR 292 in Eaton and US 6 in Tunkhannock

SR 29 is closed in both directions between Creamery Road in Liberty and the end of the road

SR 87 is closed in both directions between PA 187 in North Branch and SR 87/240 in Mehoopany

SR 87 is closed in both directions between Private Road and Sugar Hollow Road in Mehoopany

SR 92 is closed in both directions near Osterhout Road in Tunkhannock

SR 92 is closed in both directions between King Road  and Ofier Road in Exeter

SR 267 is closed in both directions from the beginning of the road to Boro Rd in Meshoppen

SR 2001 (SR 2001 SH) is closed in both directions between the intersection of SR 2018 SH in Monroe to Wyoming County (65)

SR 2007 (Keelersburg Road) is closed in both directions between SR 29 and Barziloski Road in Eaton

SR 2008 (Sand Plant Road) is closed in both directions between SR 92 and Sandy Valley Drive in Falls

SR 3001 is closed in both directions between SR 87 and Gameland Parking Area in Forkston.  This is a long-term closure

SR 3002 is closed in both directions between Sorber Mountain Road and Main Street/School Street in Noxen.  This is a long-term closure

SR 3005 (Eaton Road) is closed in both directions between SR 29 and Private Drive in Eaton

SR 4013 (Bowbridge Road) is closed in both directions between SR 858 and Quarry Road in Apolacon

SR 4018 (Maple Ave) is closed in both directions between the Bradford County line and PA 858 (Main Street) in Little Meadows

PennDOT warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because the water may be deeper than it looks, and to never drive around barricades or signs on closed roads – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Wyoming Valley Flooding 6:00 Update: Levee Breach in Danville, Workers Working to Brace Wall in Forty Fort


While the Susquehanna has crested, the danger is not over.  Danville suffered a breach in their levee….

A breach has been reported in a levee in Montour County.

The breach has led to flooding at Danville Middle School

The Susquehanna River’s crest at Danville hit a near-record height.

Crews have been called to sandbag to protect the area near the school, but the school itself is surrounded by water.

Then, the levee in Forty Fort, a town in the Wyoming Valley, has been the focus of a great deal of attention.  Apparently, water is seeping up from below the levee itself…

There are, of course, a great deal of rumors flying that the levee will breach. That is a serious matter, as a breach there would flood the neighboring towns of Kingston and Wyoming. Kingston, in particular, was devastation by the Agnes Flood in 1972, with nearly all of the properties in town sustaining damage.  Here is more from the Times-Leader…


Emergency personnel fighting levee seepage in Forty Fort


By STEVE MOCARSKY smocarsky@timesleader.com

FORTY FORT – Emergency personnel are working to stop water in the Susquehanna River from seeping under a section of dike along River Street between Ransom Street and Wyoming Avenue.

Personnel from local fire companies, the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were on the scene before 3 a.m. and were preparing to bring in sandbags to stack against the levee wall


For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Agnes Flood, it occurred in 1972, and was, at the time, the worst natural disaster (in terms of cost) in US history. The levee system, built in response to the Agnes flood, did prevent this event from equaling that historic flood in damages.  Hopefully, it will continue to do so.  I did watch a TV interview with the local Army Corps of Engineers commander, who stated that he had not seen as severe a situation in his career, and that the valley’s levee system is withstanding more force than any other similar Corps project.  It’s scary, as well as impressive, to be honest.

West Pittston is one of the harder hit areas.  It was not protected by the levee, so the Susquehanna had it’s way with the town.  Here are some more pictures of that town, as well as others, from WNEP.

West Pittston

West Pittston


“Slab Town” Bridge

Fernville Bridge

In case I have not been clear, I the pictures that I have been posting are not just from the Wyoming Valley.  I have posted pictures from at least five COUNTIES in NE PA.  The event was not limited to the valley cities, like West Pittston.  It is a wide area, with tens of thousands effected.  It’s the scope of the disaster that is so incredible.



Wyoming Valley Flooding September 9th Update: Susquehanna Has Crested, Videos of Flooding in West Pittston, Other Area


The Susquehanna crested at 38.8 feet in Wilkes-Barre. It was well below the top of the levee. However, in the areas of the Valley that were not protected, the damage was extensive. Here are some videos taken late yesterday by WNEP. They were not on their site until this morning…

West Pittston flooding…

Jenkins Township Flooding…

Tunkhannock Flooding…

Eighth Street Bridge flooding (This was taken a hour before the Jenkins Township video). The Eighth Street bridge connects Wyoming PA to Jenkins Township.

More West Pittston…

Of course, all of these videos were taken in the late afternoon, or early evening yesterday. WNEP did have videos in the coverage over night. The flooding did get worse that what is shown above. When these are available, I will post them.

While the primary danger has passed, there will be a tremendous cleanup. I’ll try to keep everyone posted about the damage, as well as efforts to help those affected.

A quick look at local news sources indicates that approximately 65,000 people were evacuated. There are no indications of looting, arrests, or fatalities. So, the only damage seems to be material in nature. Hopefully, all of the affected people had insurance.


Wyoming Valley Flooding: 9:30 Update, Susquehanna Still Rising UPDATED


The local news is hoping that the Susquehanna may crest sooner than anticipated, but the NWS forecast still calls for the river to crest at approximately 2:00 AM on Friday-just inches from the top of the levee.  The levee system, built in response to the 1972 Agnes Flood, is holding, and no significant problems have been noted at the time of this writing.   Here are some more pictures from WNEP.

Tunkhannock, PA

West Pittston, PA


West Pittston

Exeter, PA

Rt 6 was washed away.

Cemetery Damage, Lawton

Planes evacuated from the airport in Wyoming PA

Eighth Street Bridge

Rt 87 north of Shore Acres

Pittston, PA

Grotto Pizza Harveys Lake flooded

Market Street Bridge Wilkes-Barre

This is obviously a historic and destructive event.  Again, there have been no reports of arrests or deaths.  The evacuations should have been complete for several hours now, and curfews are in place.  There are 1200 National Guard troops on duty in flood affected areas.  Gas and electrical power have been, or will be cut off to the affected areas.  An ironic lesson learned during the Agnes Flood in 1972 was that large areas can burn when gas is still on-even in a flood.

I’ll keep posting as information comes in.  The true scope of the damage will not be known until the morning.

Update: 10:00

WNEP has a Facebook page.   Here is a video that they posted of a house being destroyed in Tunkhannock. Language Alert!


Wyoming Valley Flooding: 7 PM Update, Streams Receding, Susquehanna Continues to Rise


As of this time, many of the streams and creeks that cause flooding in the outlying areas are now receding, the Wyoming Valley Cities are now the focus of the flooding.  Increased rain, especially in Southern NY, have continued to swell the Susquehanna, threatening the Wyoming Valley.  Here are more pictures from WNEP…

Pittston, PA

West Nanticoke, PA

Shickshinny, PA

K-Mart, Edwardsville, PA

Shamokin, PA

Water Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Old Eighth Street Bridge (Under demolition), , PA

Some other items…

1.   Parts of I-80 in Luzerne County are closed due to flooding.

2.  Only one bridge (out of six) is open in the Wyoming Valley.

3. Large parts of West Pittston and Bloomsburg are flooded.

4.  No reports of looting or arrests have been made.

More as it comes.  The Susquehanna is to crest later tonight, or early tomorrow morning.  Time will tell the true extent of the damage.


More Flooding in Wyoming Valley, Northeast PA 4:00PM Update


The situation continues to worsen in the Wyoming Valley.  Curfews have been issued in towns such as West Pittston.  Rivers and streams continue to rise out of their banks, and will likely do so until tomorrow.  Here are some more pictures…

Athens, PA

Wyalusing Pa, Cloud next to bridge is a propane tank exploding.

Lewisburg, PA

Meshoppen Bridge, Now, and in 1972.

Forty Fort, PA.  Note that the Susquehanna is nearly at the to of the levee.  Note how much lower the surrounding yards and houses are compared to the river level.

Muncy, PA

Wilkes-Barre, PA


The good news is that streams are starting to recede, so cleanup can begin.  Again, the bigger story is the Wilkes-Barre area, and the Susquehanna won’t crest until possible early Friday AM.  Most of the bridges in that area are now closed, and evacuations are mandatory for much of the valley.  Traffic is jammed on local roads, but there are no reports of disorder.

More as it comes…


Wyoming Valley Flooding: As Bad as Agnes?


The Wyoming Valley is under the threat of  historic flooding. After being saturated for August, and then drenched by Hurricane Irene, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee appears to be the killing blow. At the time of this writing, many low lying areas are already under water, The bigger story, however, is the Wilke-Barre area. The city, and communities on the opposite bank of the Susquehanna River are protected by a levee system. However, that system provides protection to 41 feet. The last forecast for the crest is 40.7 feet. At current, there are evacuations ordered for tens of thousands of people that were effected by the Hurricane Agnes Flood in 1972. Here are some pictures from local TV…

Tunkhannock, PA

Rome, PA

Montrose, PA

Montgomery, PA

Pittston, PA

Pine Grove, PA

Laceyville, PA

Market Street Bridge, Wilkes-Barre, PA

The CH 2.0 Bunker in outside of the evacuation zone, so I should be able to stay in operation.  However, I am “on call” for work for the duration, so I may be called out at any time.  I will post as often as I can.  For those of you that want more coverage, WNEP, the ABC affiliate in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, is live -feeding their broadcast.


Northeast PA Flooding, Evacuations Caused by Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee


Northeast PA is now experiencing the consequences of days of rain. The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee have done some more damage…

The flooding is approaching the levels set by Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

While many areas are protected from flooding by dikes, many low lying areas are going to suffer significant damage.  Evacuations in some parts of the Wyoming Valley are under way.  Hopefully, it will be limited, and no lives will be lost.


Tracking Tropical Depression Lee: More Rain for the Northeast


The Northeast has received a great deal of rain over the last few weeks. The ground was saturated already when Irene hit, and as of this moment, the CH 2.0 bunker is under a flash flood watch due to heavy rains. Now, the remains of Tropical Storm Lee are heading to the Northeast. Here is the latest from the Weather Channel…

It isn’t looking too good folks. All that water has to go somewhere, and somewhere in this case might be up.


Hurricane Irene Damage in PA


As you might guess, my ISP got services back up, and the CH 2.0 is back in action.  There has been quite a bit of flooding associated with Hurricane Irene.  With previous storms saturating the ground in much of Eastern Pennsylvania, it didn’t take much to cause fl0oding.  Here are some videos from YouTube.  Unfortunately, the local news stations have not made their storm footage, which is extensive, available on their websites…

There have been three deaths on NE PA associated with Irene…

Hurricane Irene is blamed for three deaths in our area.

A man from Northampton County died early Sunday morning when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle on the northeast extension of the PennsylvaniaTurnpike.

State police said Jason Dahms of Hellertown lost control of the SUV, and hit hit a guide rail and went down an embankment. The SUV then hit a utility pole and ended up on its side.

Troopers believe the heavy rain was responsible for the crash.

A second death is reported in Luzerne County.

According to the Luzerne County 911 Center, a man was killed about 11 a.m. Sunday when a tree fell on the camper he was in Hidden Lake Campground in the Shickshinny area.

Family members identify the victim as Richard Shotwell, 41. The Luzerne County Coroner said he was from Wilkes-Barre.

Police in the Poconos said a man was killed Sunday afternoon when a tree fell on him in Pocono Township.

It happened just after 2:30 p.m. at a home on Clements Circle in East Stroudsburg. Officials identify the man as Michael Sceranko, 44. Police say he puched his son out of the way just as the tree fell in Monroe County.

While the storm is past, there is more flooding to come.


Hurricane Irene Update 8-28-11: New York is next, CH 2.0 Bunker is Soggy UPDATED


For the latest on Hurricane Irene, here is the radar image for the Northeast at approximately 1:15 AM.

As you can see, much of  Eastern Pennsylvania is in Irene’s outer bands.  As the morning continues, the storm will make it’s closest approach to NY City.  And, as you might guess, the CH 2.0 bunker is under that blotchy yellow and red.  We’re getting some wind gusts, and some steady rain, but we have power, and the Direct TV is working about 1/2 the time.

As the day unfolds, we’re getting some ideas about the scope of the storm, as well as the damage.  Here is some more from Bill Deger of Accuweather…

1:10 a.m. EDT SUN: The eye of Hurricane Irene is located just to the east of Ocean City, Md., and moving north-northeastward. Wind gusts to hurricane force (74 mph or greater) will continue to be experienced from the center north and northeastward, along with a damaging storm surge. Doppler radar estimates over 19 inches of rain has fallen in parts of North Carolina and extreme southeastern Virginia with confirmed reports as high as 15 inches.

5 to 10 inches of rain has already been recorded over the Tidewater of Virginia and parts of the southern Delmarva. Rainfall was increasing rapidly across Long Island and southeastern New York state at this hour. Some locations across eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey have already picked up 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the last 12 hours.

Power outages have had an impact on data collection across the mid-Atlantic. Over 3/4 of the Dominion Power customers in the Richmond Metro area are without power at the present time with nearly 2 million people total in the mid-Atlantic in the dark.

Rain bands moving onshore across the Delmarva, southern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania have been showing signs of rotation over the last few hours and numerous tornadoes have been reported. One tornado was reported just south of Wilmington, Delaware with another damaging 30-40 homes near Lewes, Delaware earlier in the day.

Winds have gusted to 62 mph in Cape May, N.J., 76 mph in Williamsburg, Va. and 71 mph in Richmond, Va., and to 66 mph at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, 74 mph in Elizabeth City, 70 mph in Morehead City, 74 mph in New Bern, and 88 mph at Cape Hatteras, N.C. Downed trees were blocking southbound I-85 near Petersburg, Va.

A gust of 115 mph was recorded at Cedar Island, N.C., which was in the northeastern eyewall at time of landfall around 8:00 a.m. Dare County Shoreline Management Commission reports that a new inlet may have been created on Hatteras Island, N.C.

Tropical storm-force winds continue to move north, and now extend from southeastern Virginia north to near New York City. Rainbands from Irene will continue to cause severe flooding and may even spawn a few tornadoes.

If I lose power, I won’t be able to post.  I will try with my “smart phone,” but for a smart phone, it rides the little bus.  I don’t think it’ll happen, so I hope I don’t have to find out.

On a more whimsical note, many people have been mistakenly thinking that “Irene” is “Eileen.”  Let’s set the record straight…

Yes, I know people are making parodies for Irene, but let’s remember the classic song.

BTW, it took me nearly 45 minutes to post this-it should not have.  The six-year-old Dell froze a bunch of times.  Hit the freaking tip jar!

Update 2:30 AM:  The wind and rain is picking up here.  Otherwise, we’re still in business.  Also, here is a title for a blog post…

Global Warming Kills Florida Surfer UPDATE: Thousands Without Electricity or WiFi; Bloggers Hardest Hit by Storm UPDATE: New York Braces for Irene; Women, Minorites, NFL Fans Hardest Hit

That’s simply magical.


Early Afternoon Hurricane Irene Update: 8-27-11


Here is the latest on Hurricane Irene…

The forecast that Irene will remain at Hurricane strength while it goes up to New England. This obviously increases the risk for wind damage.

If you in this storm’s path, take cover and don’t do anything foolish.


Will Irene Sock The US Later This Week?


I’m an Accuweather fan, and particularly of Henry Margusity.  It’s frankly cool that some meteorologists share the actual weather model data as it comes in.

The latest weather news is about tropical storm Irene.  The projected course at this time takes Irene past the east coast of Florida, where it will likely shoot right up the I-95 corridor.  While it doesn’t appear that Irene will be a terribly strong Hurricane, if it goes as projected, it will dump a ton of rain on areas where the ground is already saturated, raising the flood potential  considerably.

Here is Henry’s latest map regarding Irene…

Of course, there is still time for this to change course, but it looks as if it will pass right over the CH 2.0 bunker at some point.  Might as well prepare!

Henry also has a video, which cannot be embedded here.  


Video: Minot Flood-Putting Things into Perspective


Sometimes a video can put things in perspective much better than words.  This video shows what the citizens of Minot are facing everyday and the long road ahead of us.  I ask that you please link to this post today; not to drive traffic to our site but to show the nation what one of their cities is going through and the challenges we face.  Please take the time to watch the video.

You can donate to the Minot Red Cross here>>

God bless the people of Minot and America.

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal