Lackawanna County was hit by heavy rain and flash flooding Thursday night and Friday morning.
After things had calmed down, and after I was sure my sightseeing wouldn't get in anyone's way, I set out with my camera in search of adventure.
With apologies to Newswatch 16's Mike Stevens, I present my own version of PhotoLink Library, with all the photos coming from my own camera.
Let me back up a bit. I got up about midnight Friday morning and as I always do, the police radio and computer were fired up. Twitter was exploding. The police radio channels were filled with activity. The Lackawanna River was coming up fast. Flood gates were closing. Basements were flooding. Homes were evacuated.
I decided to leave for the gym a little early, around 2:15 AM. I live on the east side of the Lackawanna. The gym is on the west. The Olyphant bridge was closed, so I had to get on Interstate 81, head north to the Main Avenue exit, and take the road through Dickson City, to the gym. Considering what some people were experiencing, it was nothing to complain about.
As I passed Rite Aid and "the anchor" in Blakely, I looked off to my right. The Lackawanna River is usually low and out of the line of sight. On this morning, I could see the street lights reflecting off the top of the water. That's when I knew it was really, really bad.
Now, the photos. Everything you will see today and tomorrow was shot roughly between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM Friday.
More flood photos tomorrow.