Life-Threatening Flood Situation from Virginia to New York

September 07, 2011; 8:42 PM
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Pizza Hut under water in Hershey, Pa.

Flash flooding continues across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast in response to heavy rain associated with the remnants of Lee. Flood waters are engulfing roadways and buildings and forcing evacuations.

"It's a deadly situation until the rain stops," said Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity. "People who decide to drive through flooded roadways are taking their life into their own hands."

A State of Emergency was declared for Bradford County, Pa., and Broome County, N.Y. and others, Wednesday afternoon. Reports say that the National Guard was being called into Little Meadows, Pa., to rescue trapped residents.

Reports say buildings have been completely washed away in Palmyra, Pa., near Hershey.

See photos and videos of the flooding. Send your flood pictures to @breakingweather or post them on the Facebook page.

Buses had to return to schools in Lancaster, Pa., Wednesday afternoon because flood waters were preventing students from being dropped off.

Justin Snyder from Pennsylvania said this is the worst flooding he has ever seen in Lebanon in 26 years.

Residents in the Washington, D.C., metro area reported road closures due to flooding Wednesday afternoon.

Bands of heavy rain stretching from eastern Virginia to upstate New York will continue wreaking havoc into tonight. "Areas of intense rain should taper off south of the Mason-Dixon line later this evening, but could continue well into tonight farther north," stated Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Sosnowski has more details on the rain and what to expect with the region's flooded streams and rising rivers.

Parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey have already picked up 6 to 10 inches of rain from Lee as of 8 a.m. EDT Wednesday. Another several inches of rain will fall in some areas through Thursday.

Flood Reports via Social Media:

The following are comments that have been posted on Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity's Facebook page:

Rainfall Totals through 11 p.m. EDT Wednesday:

(According to the National Hurricane Center)


-Hillsville: 9.59"

-Copper Hill: 8.88"

-Fancy Gap: 6.77"

-Shipman: 6.30"

-Roanoke: 6.14"

-Charlottesville: 5.59"

-Washington/Dulles Airport: 3.34"


-Cresaptown: 6.55"

-Baltimore/Washington International Airport: 4.79"

-Hagerstown: 3.90"

Washington, D.C.

National Airport: 4.59"


-Elizabethtown: 10.92"

-Herndon: 10.25"

-Forks: 7.09"

-Bethlehem: 7.05"

-Dover: 7.04"

-Johnstown: 6.52"

-Allentown: 5.49"

New York

-Saugerties: 6.22"

-Wurtsboro: 5.45"

-Montgomery: 4.87"

-Hudson: 4.10"

-New York City: 3.45"

New Jersey

-Rockaway: 8.43"

-Phillipsburg: 7.90"

-Riegelsville: 6.86"

-Knowlton: 6.40"


-Becket: 8.11"

-Shelburne: 6.17"

-Lanesborough: 4.75"

To view a complete list of rainfall totals from Lee, see the National Hurricane Center's public advisories.


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