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Flood watch for 11 midstate counties

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 2, 2016 4:17 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Warmer temperatures the last few days have led to a warning about potential flooding in 11 midstate counties.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency notes with rain and warmer temperatures expected, the piles of snow from last month's massive storm will melt quickly.

Jeffrey Jumper, State Meteorologist, says the biggest risk is in the snowpack in the southeastern part of the commonwealth.

"So basically, we have a bunch of water stored in the snow. That's all going to kind of melt and it combines with the rain," he says. "So, the question is how much rain will fall? We're looking at rainfall in the eastern half of the commonwealth and that's probably where we're going to see some of our trouble in that southeastern part where you have the combined rain and snow melt."

PEMA Director Richard Flinn says major flooding is not expected, but people in at-risk areas  should take the time to think of all the things they need to take if they have to evacuate.

"In that preparation side, in a flooding situation, you have to be very careful, but you have to focus in on, 'Maybe I need to leave my residence and all those  things associated with it.'"

A flood watch goes in effect tomorrow afternoon through Thursday afternoon for Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Mifflin and York counties.

PEMA is encouraging people to use the tools at Ready P-A (dot) org to set an emergency plan.

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