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Susquehanna Flood is Receding

2 Dec

Photo provided by John Varner of Lock Haven, Penn.

LOCK HAVEN, Penn. – The flood of the Susquehanna River crested at 27 feet today and has finally begun to recede, but not without leaving damage behind.

Many communities in central Pennsylvania, mainly in Clinton County, have been affected by the high levels of water, which were five feet above the flood stage for the area.

Evacuations of the affected areas started on Wednesday evening.

John Varner, a long-time resident of Lock Haven, says, “It’s awful. We haven’t had power in two days and everything is underwater.”

The flood gates were put up Wednesday night and many roads were closed to drivers.

Photo provided by John Varner of Lock Haven, Penn.

Varner says, “The water is finally receding, so things should start to improve. It’s going to be gross after the water is gone because there’s going to be nothing but mud everywhere.” Varner also stated that a neighboring town, Marsh Creek, is almost completely submerged.

Central Pennsylvania hasn’t seen a flood like this since Hurricane Ivan swept past the area in 2004.


2 Dec

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The Internet is extremely useful for journalists when it comes to research, but it is important to know how to use the Internet while doing your research. You have to know where to go and what to search.

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