Rain Deluge Causes Local Flooding; River To Stay Contained

January 24, 2019 GMT

A deluge of rain and melting snow caused numerous reports of localized flooding Thursday but is not expected to pose a flooding hazard for the Susquehanna River.

The National Weather Service recorded an inch and a quarter of rain falling at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport between midnight and 2 p.m. Thursday.

The downpour led to reports of flooded roadways and basements throughout Luzerne County.

In Duryea, Coxton Road in the area of the narrows was experiencing high water and water pouring off the mountainside, according to police. Falling Springs Reservoir was also close to overflowing and inundating the road, police said.


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was contacted and was evaluating whether to close the road, according to police. 

Over in Avoca, crews were busy working with an excavator to clear an ice jam that hit Mill Creek in the area of York Avenue.

The same area was hit hard by an ice jam almost exactly one year ago — Jan. 23, 2018. That ice jam caused flooding that infiltrated cars, homes and the nearby Litzy’s Lounge.

Despite the localized flooding, authorities said the rain and melting snow were not expected to cause major flooding for the Susquehanna River.

The river is expected to crest at 16.7 feet in Wilkes-Barre at 7 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The river stage was 9.29 feet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Flood stage is 22 feet.