Heavy rain, snowmelt takes city financial toll

Heavy rain and melting snow over the next few days is expected to require city officials to operate pump stations to prevent flooding.

The expected cost of manning four pump stations could be $5,000 in overtime expense, said Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks department, which manages flood control measures.

The snowpack and ice melting along with the rain beginning today and continuing through Friday may lead to a 14-foot crest of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Winder said.

He is prepared to assign two or three of the department’s employees to operate the non-automated pump stations Saturday and Sunday.

The river flood stage is 20 feet, so it’s projected at 6 feet from flood stage, he said.

National Weather Service in State College reported some areas of the region experienced a 61-degree swing in temperatures since last week’s deep freeze.

During heavy rains, it is the responsibility of the property owner to keep drainage areas such as catch basins and inlets open. This permits rapid discharge of water.

Weather forecasts for the weekend call for possibility of precipitation late Saturday, with stronger possibility of snow on Sunday afternoon or evening.

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