Pictures of the Susquehanna River flooding

Here are some shots I took along the Susquehanna River and Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The topic of discussion from most of those who came to see the flood waters centered on crest estimates and whether or not this was worse than the results of Hurricane Agnes, which struck the area in 1972 and utterly devastated it. One man I met pointed out the area where he stood so many years ago, telling me about the things he saw then.

The sound of cracking wood could be heard as tree branches in the park broke and fell.The smell was unpleasant, but not overpowering. There were reports that a sewage treatment plant in Hershey was completely flooded and that flood waters could be toxic. Authorities asked victims to stay out of the water unless it was absolutely necessary to be rescued.

I originally went to the park to help fill sandbags, but arrived too late. Volunteers had already left the area after completing work and moved on to Valley Crest. Because I'm not entirely familiar with the area, I decided not to go, especially as the National Guard and police officers were asking people to avoid the levy and prepare for mandatory evacuation of the Wyoming Valley at 4 p.m..

Again, because I'm not entirely familiar with the area, I didn't want to take the chance of getting in the way and hampering aid efforts. I left shortly before they closed the Pierce Street Bridge and went home on Route 309. I really wish I could have found other efforts to volunteer for, but I decided that the best way to help would be to go home and just stay out of trouble.

The water is expected to crest around 2 a.m. Friday morning at 40.8 feet and authorities are expecting the evacuation to last until Sunday.
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