Heavy flooding hits Muncy and Montgomery
Another major storm hit the East Lycoming area last Wednesday when the area received close to 4 inches of water. Lycoming County Commissioners adopted a resolution at 10 a.m. Thursday that authorized a declaration of disaster emergency as a result of the countywide flooding from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
“There is a lot of water on the roadways,” said John D. Yingling, director of Lycoming County’s Department of Public Safety. As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, all the streams were below the cautionary stage, and the Susquehanna River was continuing to recede, according to Yingling. Yingling also said that the river had crested at both Jersey Shore and Williamsport, and Montgomery was holding around 24 feet as of 2:30 p.m.
In Montgomery, the Susquehanna River was expected to crest several feet above flood stage Thursday morning, and Mayor Andy Onufrak signed a declaration of disaster emergency for the borough Wednesday evening.
Dennis Gruver, Montgomery’s emergency management coordinator, said that close to a dozen residents who live in the lower parts of the community had to evacuate their homes as a precaution. The mayor’s declaration gave Gruver and his team of volunteers the authority to take necessary steps to help residents in the evacuation of flooded areas.
By 8 p.m. Wednesday, the river had risen to 18.6 feet, just shy of river’s flood stage for Montgomery. Campers were forced to clear out of the Riverside Campground due to the extensive flooding, but Onufrak was hopeful that the water continued to recede within two days. Volunteers and EMA officials were checking water levels every hour throughout Wednesday night.
The Muncy area also saw some flooding to homes, but mostly in residents’ basements, according to Mary Lynne Rager, secretary and acting borough manager for the Muncy Borough office.
Most areas affected by the flooding were north of the borough, according to Rager. Some streets were still closed on Thursday afternoon, and the Muncy/Montgomery bridge remained closed to traffic.
The Keystone Hook and Ladder Co. in Muncy had to evacuate their building early Wednesday night due to the anticipated water levels being forecast, but fell short of it by just a few feet.
“Luckily, we dodged a bullet on that one,” said Daniel Knapp, president of Keystone Hook and Ladder. “The water basically got up about 10 or 15 feet from actually touching the building, so it looks like we won’t receive any damage from it at all.”
PennDot reported that the following roads closed on Wednesday, December 1st when the area received over 4 inches of water.
Gap Road intersection in Elimsport reported dangerous levels around 8:30 a.m. By noon the heavy rains imposed dangerous driving conditions. Motorists were advised by PennDot that there were many areas of the region where heavy rains were causing ponding on roadways. The main roads that were closed in the East Lycoming area on Wednesday:
SR 1003 (Wallis Run Road) between Southard Road and Murray Run Road in Gamble Township; SR 2055 (Chippewa Road) in Muncy Creek Township, from Route 405 to East Lime Bluff Road; SR 2057 (Lime Bluff Road) in Muncy Creek Township, from Route 405 to East Lime Bluff Road; SR 220 near the Lycoming/Sullivan county line, detoured between Route 405 at Hughesville and Route 42 at Muncy Valley; SR 405 from Montgomery to Main Street in MuncySR 2012 (Sylvan Dell Road) from Charles Street in South Williamsport to Sylvan Dell Park Road in Armstrong Township; SR 2014 (Lycoming Mall Drive/John Brady Drive) from Industrial Parkway and East Lime Bluff Road in Muncy Creek Township to Mechanic Street in Muncy;