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By James Roxbury
Friday October 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

As released by Dauphin County:

HARRISBURG, PA (October 11, 2013, 5 p.m.) – After several inches of rainfall in Dauphin County, Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III are encouraging citizens to drive carefully, avoid flooded roads, and to continue monitoring conditions near flood-prone areas.

“An additional inch or two of rain is expected tonight, which may cause additional flash flooding along creeks and low-lying areas,” said Pries, who oversees Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency. “If you have to drive, please use extreme caution and don’t attempt to drive through flooded areas.”

The National Weather Service has issued the following flood warnings:

Swatara Creek at Harper Tavern is forecasted to reach 9.5 feet tonight (minor flooding).

Swatara Creek at Hershey is expected to reach 7.5 feet overnight (minor flooding).

Swatara Creek at Middletown is forecasted to reach 11.6 feet overnight (minor flooding).

The Susquehanna River is not expected to reach action level, according to the NWS.

The following roadways in Dauphin County have been temporarily closed due to flash flooding:

Derry Township

Eby Road

Sunset Road

Wood Road

Clifton Heights Road in 800 Block

Londonderry Township

Engle Road at Lancaster County border

Swatara Creek Road between Route 230 and Iron Mine Run Road

Hoffer and Route 230

Lower Swatara Township

Swatara Park Road

Lake Drive

North End Bradford Avenue

o Spring Garden and Lumber

o Richardson Road at Summit Ridge Road

o Cockley Road and Willow Farm Road

South Hanover Township

South Hoernerstown Road

South Hanover Street

Knight Drive

Swatara Township

Lawnford Way

Highland from Monroe to Hanshue

· Highspire Borough

o Wolf Street

Conewago Township

o Prospect Road Bridge

o Koser Road Bridge

o Valley Road Bridge

o Hertzler Road Bridge

o Beverly Bridge (Old Hershey Road)

“Please stay home and off the roads if you can,” said Haste. “With multiple road closures and traffic accidents in central Pennsylvania, it’s best to avoid traveling.”

“Anyone living along the Swatara Creek and other small tributaries should remain vigilant for additional flooding this evening and move to higher ground if flooding develops,” said Hartwick. “Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.”

Citizens are encouraged to stay tuned to local television and radio stations for alerts and instructions.

Please visit for safety tips, emergency kit checklists and family plan templates.

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