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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Andy's Angles: After the Flood

We are coming off yet another round of flooding in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.  Above is a Wednesday morning shot of the Susquehanna River at Pittston, looking downstream toward Wilkes-Barre.  Thankfully, only minor issues reported with the Susquehanna.  The big problems were at creeks and streams.

Parts of our area got hammered and that is an understatement.

We heard victims clamoring for help, and I totally understand.  One suggested solution is dredging.  Forget that.  The concept is passe.  It's expensive and it sends mud downstream, negatively affecting fish and other creatures in the water.  The environmentalists would be up in arms, and I understand that, too.

Flood walls?  Possibly.  Buying out home and business owners in the flood plains?  That's possible, too.  Building along waterways was the way to go, a long time ago.  It's no longer necessary, and it hasn't been so for a hundred years, maybe more.

There is one thought I cannot get out of my mind.  There isn't much you can do to protect yourself when it rains 7, 8, 9 inches-- or more, on top of saturated ground.