Thursday, September 8, 2011

Swollen Susquehanna River Threatens Wilkes-Barre and Kingston

This image shows the rising Susquehanna River passing under the Pierce Street Bridge that connects Wilkes-Barre on the left to Kingston on the right. 

These pictures from earlier today show the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre nearing the top of the protective dike.  The top picture showing the road disappearing into the river was taken about nine hours ago.  Since then the river has continued to rise and is now only about two feet below the top of the dike. 

This picture shows the dike gate in Wilkes-Barre closed to keep the Susquehanna River from flooding the city.   As of 7:00pm this evening the Susquehanna River is pushing on the other side of the gate and is only about two feet below the top of the gate.

Picture of the flood gate when opened.

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