Downpours lead to above-average rainfall levels for September
When it rains it pours, and that means for Billtown and the region, too, especially this month.
Over the last 24 hours, as much rain fell as does in some entire months, according to statistics kept by the National Weather Service in State College.
The rain began on Wednesday and continued until blue skies appeared in Williamsport and throughout the West Branch of the Susquehanna River Valley. The clearing occurred Thursday afternoon as blue skies returned midday.
By that time, 3 1/2 inches soaked the valley and city, and there was no more rain in the immediate forecast, said Matt Steinbugl, a meteorologist with the State College office.
“Between 2 to 4 inches from State College, to Williamsport and Selinsgrove,” he said.
For the month-to-date, 10 inches of rain was recorded at the Williamsport Regional Airport, Steinbugl said.
“That is 1.9 inches above what is average for the month,” he said.
For the year-to-date, the city had more than 36.2 inches of rain.
That was about three-quarters-of-an-inch above what is normal for the year, Steinbugl said.
The rain led to a water rescue for Jersey Shore and Waterville area fighters and the state Fish and Boat Commission.
Three individuals were temporarily trapped inside the vehicle that was stuck in water in the 6200 block of Little Pine Creek Road in Cummings Township.
One individual was able to self-extricate, or get out of the vehicle, and two others were inside the vehicle for an extended period of time. One was removed at 4 p.m. and another rescued at 4:10 p.m. There was no immediate report on the ages or genders of these individuals.
In Williamsport, city Bureau of Fire Chief Mark Killian said while the city did not have too many issues the firefighters were standing by with boats if needed anywhere else in the county.
City public works department employees said catch basins were cleared ahead of the rain.
There were no alerts coming from Grafius Run, which remained in its banks, as did Loyalsock Creek, Lycoming Creek and Muncy Creek.
The creeks and streams were muddy and swollen but did not flood.
Several roads were closed due to high water covering their surfaces, according to a list provided by the state Department of Transportation.
Some of these affected roads were closed as of press time but they might be reopened, according to PennDOT.
The affected roads included:
• Route 44 between Mill Road in Washington Township, and Route 15 in Gregg Township, Union County with a detour at Elimsport Road and Route 15.
• Valley Street and Jacks Hollow Road between Route 654 or Nippenose Road in Bastress Township and Route 654 or Euclid Avenue in Duboistown Borough were closed because of downed utilities. The roads were back open by 2 p.m., PennDOT said.
Other roads affected by high water included:
• English Run Road in Pine Township.
• Route 973 between Dochter Street in Salladasburg Borough and Jobs Run Road in Mifflin Township.
• The intersection of Route 880 and Middle Road/ Davidson Road in Limestone Township.
• Wallis Run Road between Southard Road and Logue Hill Road in Gamble Township.