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Susquehanna River watchers keep eye out for potential flooding

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 16, 2015 4:13 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Rising temperatures have meant a thaw along the Susquehanna River.    

But, river watchers are hoping it doesn't come too quickly.

So far it's been a gradual temperature rise, which means the river has remained within its banks.

But, Ben Pratt, a hydraulic engineer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, says recent rains could change the situation.

"Right now with the ice sort of locked down as it is, there's not a lot of concern," he says. "But, as the river rises due to snow melt and potential rainfall, we're certainly going to have to monitor our interests along the river corridor."

Pratt says as long as the ice remains, the risk of floowing exists.

"Until the ice clears out, we really can't put up the "All Clear," signal," he says. "There is a significant amount of ice that remains in the channel as people can easily see."

Pratt says most of the ice has formed along the Lower Susquehanna in the Harrisburg area, with northern areas seeing a hard freeze in waterways and tributaries which feed into the river.

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