2011-09-15 / Local & State

A Look At The Events Spawned By Flooding From Lee

By The Associated Press

Effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in Pennsylvania:

The Susquehanna crested at 42.66 feet Thursday night in Wilkes-Barre – higher than the record set in historic flooding spawned by Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

Up to 75,000 people under mandatory evacuation in parts of northeastern Pennsylvania, including Luzerne County.

At least seven people killed: One in Chester County; two in Dauphin Count; three in Lancaster County; and one in the Bradford/ Lycoming area.

President Barack Obama declares state of emergency, allowing for federal aid to 42 counties from Adams to York.

Other rivers swollen and spilling over their banks including the Delaware and Schuylkill, as well as creeks and streams.

More than 1,200 Pennsylvania National Guard members have been mobilized.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced the Capitol complex and state office buildings in Reading, Scranton and the Harrisburg area would likely reopen Monday, after being closed Thursday and Friday.

Corbett declared the highest level of state emergency, calling the flooding a clear public health hazard. A total of 159 sewage and water treatment plants shut down because of flooding. On Friday evening, Corbett lowered the emergency alert level.

Near Lancaster, the 126- year-old Siegrist's Mill covered bridge – which had survived Agnes and was on the National Register of Historic Places – was washed away by the Chiques Creek.

About 19,600 people were without power in southeastern and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of state roads in eastern and central Pennsylvania closed because of rainfall and flooding. Part of Interstate 81 north in Schuylkill County and a stretch in Columbia County endured lengthy closures before reopening.

Pennsylvania Turnpike reopened Friday morning between the Reading Interchange and Harrisburg East Interchange, a stretch of 39 miles, after a closure of about 12 hours because of concerns that flooding could damage a Dauphin County bridge.

PennDOT urged motorists to avoid any unnecessary travel in eastern and central Pennsylvania.

Hundreds of homes and businesses flooded.

Amtrak said service between Harrisburg and Lancaster is suspended, and there is limited service between Lancaster, Philadelphia and New York.

A pair of bison were euthanized at ZooAmerica, part of the Hershey entertainment resort complex, Wednesday night after they could not be rescued from the rising water.

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