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Monday, December 31, 2018

Top Ten: Flash Flooding


As the tenth year of Top Ten photographs comes to a close, remember the criteria.  The photos you see here are not necessarily the most pretty, but rather the ones that are have some significance to me.  I hate to end the year with a sad situation, but here it is.
The photo above is Swatara Creek invading Pine Grove Township in late July.

Below is the damage left behind when the Lackawanna River swamped Lonesome Road in Old Forge in Mid August.  Photographer Jason is walking the center line.
It was a horrible summer.  Some places received inches of water in a single day.  There were more cloudy and rainy days than sunny ones.  Humidity was oppressive.  It was great weather for mosquitoes, and I had the bites to prove it.

I have mixed feelings on this next part.  One one hand, the government has failed its citizens, especially in Pine Grove.  Those poor people have been flooded again, and again, and again.  The governor showed up to shake some hands in an election year.  Solutions?  Nope.  Nothing.

On the other hand, what can you do if you live relatively close to water, and you get inches of rain in hours?

It's nearly the end of the year, so I hope the recovery has made tremendous progress by now.  2018 was yet another year when we learned nature always wins.