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Wilkes-Barre, PA - high waters along the Susquehanna River - March, 2011
Due to rain and also expected snow melt upstream, there were flood warnings for the Wilkes-Barre area on Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, 2011.
The flood stage is 22 feet, and the river crested to around 26.5 feet by the peak on Saturday afternoon.
This was a bit less than originally feared, which would have been around 30 feet. Due to the levee system, it didn't affect Wilkes-Barre
too much, except for the flood gates being closed as a precaution, though there was some actual flooding and road closures in places like
Shickshinny and Pittston, and the K-Mart and Redner's stores in Edwardsville had also prepared by removing some of their merchandise.
Some views in Wilkes-Barre along River Street on Friday, March 11, 2011:
Looking north towards the Market Street bridge from River Street, Wilkes-Barre.
Some of the trees are partially under water, as the water laps up to the edge of the riverside walkways.
One of the floodgates with an overpass walkway, notice the gate is closed as a precaution.
The water is a bit higher on Saturday (near the peak), but not by much.
An abandoned purple umbrella blows around at the side of River Street.
And the official reading, about 26.5 feet, at the city end of the bridge.
The two bridge-side pumping stations.
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