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Portions of the midstate could deal with flooding this weekend

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | May 18, 2018 7:26 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A flood watch is in effect through tomorrow morning in nine midstate counties.

The National Weather Service is calling for widespread, possibly heavy rain at times through tomorrow. 

So, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is urging people to pay attention in anticipation of heavy rains across the region -- especially where the flood watch has been enated:  Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Lancaster, Perry and York counties.

PEMA Executive Director Jeff Thomas says adding a couple inches to the rain that has already fallen this week can cause flooding on creeks and streams and in flood-prone areas.

"Any time that we have this significant amount of rainfall and we already have the ground wet, you can get that low-lying flooding...those streets that normally flood...those creeks that come out of their banks a little bit," he said.  "We do not expect, at this point,  major river flooding."

Thomas says if roads are closed or blocked off, drivers should not go through because they potentially could become trapped or swept away.

"This isn't the kind of thing you take lightly. Those folks, especially if it's an emergency vehicle that has that road blocked. It is there for a reason. Those barriers are there for a reason." he said. "So, it is serious when you choose not to pay attention to them -- for your safety and your life."

Thomas adds the southeastern part of the state -- mainly south of the Turnpike and the Interstate 78 corridor -- could see about two to three inches of rain from last night through tomorrow.

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