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Ida moves out, but flooding and road closures remain in parts of central Pa.

York Daily Record logo York Daily Record 9/2/2021 Shelly Stallsmith, Teresa Boeckel and Angel Albring, York Daily Record
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First it was Fred, then Henri. Then Ida.

Good grief.

And this time around, they weren't playing.  

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Heavy rain soaked central Pennsylvania, flooding roads and overflowing creeks. The region had a number of warnings or watches for tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash floods.

a sign on the side of a road: North George Street is closed in Emigsville due to flooding. © Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record North George Street is closed in Emigsville due to flooding.

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The area was under a flash flood watch until 8 a.m. Thursday, and while the rain is done, a steady breeze and the possibility of gusts to 23 mph remain throughout the day. 

Some road closures will remain in effect, and commuters should expect travel delays. 

Check out: Flood tracker: See live information and forecasts for river levels in your area

table: The top five 24-hour rainfall totals from central Pa. © National Weather Service State College The top five 24-hour rainfall totals from central Pa.

Ida could go down as one of the wettest storms to go through central Pa., according to the National Weather Service.

We aren't expected to see Agnes-like amounts before the storm moves on (9.13 inches of rain in a 24-hour period in the Harrisburg area), but it could move into the top five. 

Number 5 stands at 4.71 inches on July 23, 2017.

With Ida, some areas received more than 6 inches of rain.

Follow along here as this post will be updated with information as Ida moves through central Pa.

Schools altering plans

Schools already are making plans for Thursday based on Wednesday's events.

York City School District has announced all of its schools will be closed Thursday.

Southern York County School District will operate on a two-hour delay, and if the need to close arises, that decision will come no later than 8 a.m. Thursday.

Central York School District’s schools and offices will operate on a two-hour delayed start Thursday for all faculty, staff and students, as well. There will be no breakfast served at the K-6 schools. Breakfast will be available at the middle and high schools. Should this delay change to a remote learning day, an alert will be sent by 7:30 a.m. 

The South Eastern, West York Area, Eastern York and Dallastown Area school districts will also operate on a 2-hour delay.

-- Angel Albring

Rainfall so far

Here are the highest amounts in each county:

  • Adams: 6.39 inches in Cashtown
  • Franklin: 4.34 inches in Greencastle
  • Lebanon: 6.17 inches in Palmyra
  • York: 5.83 inches in York

Flooding, downed utilities close many roads

Many roads in York County are closed because of flooding or downed utilities, according to 511PA.com. 

Here are the majority of the roads closed as of 8 p.m. Wednesday: 

  • I-83 southbound between Exit 21: US 30 East - Arsenal Road and Exit 19B: PA 462 West - Market Street
  • I-83 northbound between Exit 18: PA 124 - Mt. Rose Avenue and Exit 21A: US 30 East - Arsenal Road
  • Bridge outage on South Salem Church Road between Ruppert Road and Emig School Road
  • Bridge outage on Conewago Creek Road between Griffith Lane and Bowers Bridge Road
  • Bridge outage on Greenbriar Road between Candle Lane and Graffius Road
  • Bridge outage on Libhart Mill Road between Freysville Road and Yorkanna Road
  • Bridge outage on Locust Grove Road between Canal Road, Zions View Road and Bowers Bridge Road 
  • Bridge outage on Broad Street/Yorkanna Road/ Blustone Road between Valley Acres Road and Prospect Street
  • Bridge outage on Witmer Road/Old Orchard Road// Locust Grove Road between Eastern Block and Market Street
  • Bridge outage on Park Street between Main Street and City Hall Drive, Park Stret (TB SR 4010)
  • PA 116 between Gitts Run Road and Smith Station Road 
  • PA 234 between Beaver Creek Road and Lake Road
  • Bridge outage on Biesecker Road/ Stoverstown Road between East Berlin Road and Emig School Road
  • York Road/ Valley Road/ Glatfelters Starion Road between Baughman Lane and Ranch Road
  • Rockville Road/ Roths Church Road/ Pigeon Hill Road between Leedy Road and Lake Road
  • Davidsburg Road between Cedar Lane and Schoolhouse Road
  • Gum Tree Road between McKinley Road, Pickel Road and Furnace Road
  • Bridge outage on Cana Street between Beaver Creek Road and and Ruth Farm Lane.
  • I-83 northbound at Exit 19: Route 462. There is a ramp closure.
  • Route 616 between Taylor Hill Road and Baltimore Street. 
  • Mount Olivet Road between Ridge Road and Blymire Hollow Road. 
  • Iron Stone Hill Road between South Pleasant Avenue and Hess Farm Road.
  • Route 182 between Indian Rock Dam Road and Croll School Road.
  • Route 124 between Homewood Road and Mount Piscah Road.  
  • Stonewood Road between Eastern Boulevard and Boxwood Lane. 
  • Freysville Road between Valley Acres Road and Lincoln Highway. 
  • Druck Valley Road/Frysville Road/Kreutz Creek Road between Range Road and Fahringer Drive.
  • Route 181 between Hayshire Drive and Aberdeen Road.
  • Landvale Street/Main Street/Wago Road between Gravel Hill Road and Brunner's Island.
  • Route 114, bridge outage in both directions between ADRM, Poplar Road, Springers Lane and Old York Road.
  • Conewago Creek Road between Bowers Bridge Road and George Street Extended
  • Route 921 between Jug Road and Lewisberry Road.
  • Pines Road between Cartref Road and Broadway Street and Valley Road. 
  • Pinetown Road, Mount Airy Road and Moores Mountain Road between Rosstown Road and Thundergust Mill Road. 
  • York Street/Wellsville Road/Creek Road between Kralltown Road and Main Street/York Street. 
  • Route 194 between Lake Meade Road and Creek Road. 
  • Big Mount Road between East Berlin Road and Admire Road. 
  • Maple Grove Road/Green Springs Road between Carlisle Pike and Abbottstown Pike.

Lebanon County

  • Union Road, Freeport Road and Beagle Road
  • Goldmine Road between Moonshine Road and Gold Mine Road.
  • Bridge outage on Blacks Bridge Road between School House Road and Valley Glen Road. All lanes closed.

    Rosebud Road both directions between Halfway Drive, Stracks Dam Road and Kutztown Road. All lanes closed.

  • Market Street/Greble Road both directions between Mount Zion Road and Houtztown Road. All lanes closed.
  • Freeport Road/Stracks Dam Road both directions between Golf Road and Kutztown Road at Locust Street. All lanes closed.

Franklin County

  • Edenville-Cheesetown Road/ St. Thomas/ Commerce Street both directions between Franklin Steet and Hood Street. All lanes closed.

Adams

  • Bridge outage on PA 116 between Centennial ROad and Front Street
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Flash flood emergency in effect

There is a flash flood emergency in most of York County and eastern portions of Adams County until 6:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Flash flood warnings continue for the entire region.

Water rescues, roads closed in York County

A water rescue is underway in Dover Township for individuals stuck in a house, said Ted Czech, a spokesman for the York County Emergency Management Agency.

An average of 3 inches of rain has fallen so far in the county, he said.

York County has received 35 storm-related calls as of 3 p.m. Also, 41 roads have been closed because of flooding or downed trees or power lines.

Two water rescues have been reported, including the one underway in Dover Township.

In another case, a box truck was stuck, he said. That one has been cleared.

-- Teresa Boeckel

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Warnings posted

The National Weather Service has posted a tornado warning for parts of southeastern York County until 3:45 p.m. People in Red Lion, Spry, New Freedom and surrounding areas are advised to take shelter. Delta is under a warning until 4 p.m.

The National Weather Service has posted severe thunderstorm warnings:

  • Until 3 p.m. for parts of Adams County
  • Until 3:45 p.m. for parts of York County

-- Staff reports

PennDOT lowers speed limit

PennDOT has lowered the speed limit to 55 on sections of two major interstates:

  • Interstate 80 between I99 and the New Jersey border
  • Interstate 81 between Route 39 and I80

Additional speed restrictions on other roadways may be implemented as the storm progresses.

-- Staff reports

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Road closings as of 2:30 p.m.

York County:

  • North Belmont Street (Spring Garden Township)
  • Eastern Blvd. at Mills (Springettsbury Township
  • North George Street at Dundee (Manchester Township)
  • Susquehanna Trail between Canal and Raintree roads (Manchester Township)
  • Pinetown Road / Mt. Airy Road / Moores Mountain Road (Warrington Township)
  • Big Mount Road (Paradise Township)
  • Landvale Street / Main Street / Wago Road (East Manchester Township)
  • PA 114 (Fairview Township), bridge outage in both directions between ADRM, Poplar Road, Springers Lane and Old York Road
  • Druck Valley Road / Frysville Road / Kreutz Creek Road (Hellam Township)
  • Pines Road (Newberry Township)
  • Grandview Road (Newberry Township) 

  • River Road (Newberry Township)

  • Valley Road (Newberry Township)

  • Old Quaker Road (Newberry Township)

  • Pleasant Drive (Newberry Township)

  • Garriston Road (Newberry Township)

Adams County:

  • Gordon Road (Freedom Township)
  • Green Springs Road (Berwick Towship)
  • Hilltown Road (Franklin Township)
  • Lake Meade Drive (Latimore Township)
  • Natural Dam Road/Mason-Dixon Road (Cumberland Township)
  • Swallow Trail (Carroll Valley Borough)
  • Wenschhof Road (Liberty Township)
  • Maple Grove Road / Green Springs Road

Franklin County:

  • West Commerce Street (Chambersburg) between Franklin and Hood streets
  • Edenville-Cheesetown Road (Hamilton Township)

Lebanon County:

  • Palmyra Road / Cambelltown Road / Railroad Street (North Londonderry Township)

-- Staff reports

And now ... tornado

Adams and York counties are among nearly a dozen counties that have been added to a tornado watch through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Adams is the western-most county in the watch, with most of the counties falling in the southeastern part of the state.

This doesn't mean a tornado is going to absolutely happen, only that few are likely. It also doesn't mean you have to head to the basement or other safe place, but you should have a plan in place in case the watch moves to a warning.

-- Shelly Stallsmith

From watch to warning

Just after noon, the National Weather Service issued an alert that changed the flash flood watch to a flash flood warning through 6 p.m.

This was issued for the central Pa. region from the Maryland line north to and including Columbia County.

This changes the focus of the flooding from "the conditions are ripe," to "flooding is imminent."

Residents in low-lying areas, or along creeks and rivers, should move to higher ground. People should avoid walking or driving through flood waters.

The area under the warning is home to 2.4 million people, 633 schools and 39 hospitals, according to the NWS.

-- Shelly Stallsmith

"2 months worth of rain"

Jeff Jumper, meteorologist for Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said Pennsylvania is at a rare, Level 4 risk for flash flooding.

"Imagine about a month to two month's worth of rain falling in less than 24 hours," he said at a news conference with Gov. Tom Wolf and other state officials. "Since 2010, there have only been 13 Level 4 flash flooding risks issued."

PEMA Director Randy Padfield said the next 12 to 18 hours will be the most critical for the storm. He urged residents to use caution if they have to drive and to have a backup plan for travel.

"Stay away from moving water and flooded areas, and avoid wading in floodwaters due to the contaminants they contain," he said.

-- Staff reports

Deadly in Maryland

Rockville authorities have told local news outlets that one person is dead, another is missing and more than 100 people have been displaced when flood waters ripped through an apartment complex overnight.

Fox5DC reports that a man's body was found in flood waters at the Rock Creek Woods Apartments on Twinbrook Parkway. More than 40 apartments have lost all access to utilities.

Crews were seen on video using poles to search the flood waters, which are several feet deep, to search for a missing person.

-- Shelly Stallsmith

Road conditions

  • The speed limit has been lowered to 55 mph for the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Pittsburgh (Exit 57) and Morgantown (Exit 298) interchanges because of heavy rain.

-- Staff reports

More: Crash traps city firefighter one block away from fire station

Business closings

Mexitaly Brick Oven Brewhouse, located on East Market Street in York County, will be closed on Wednesday because owners are "concerned about staff becoming stranded by flooding."

The York County History Center will close at 1 p.m.

Lebanon County: The Swatara Coffee Company is closed at both locations.

-- Staff report

map: Latest information from the National Weather Service © National Weather Service Latest information from the National Weather Service

Heed the warnings

Glen Rock Borough officials remind residents that the fire siren will be used in the event of a flash flood. It will sound for 2 continuous minutes to warn of a flash flood and will sound continuously if residents need to evacuate the downtown areas and move to higher ground.

York City officials ask people to avoid the following areas during the storm that are prone to flooding:

  • South Sherman at East King streets
  • South George at East Princess streets
  • Roosevelt Avenue between Route 30 and Marbrook Drive
  • North Broad Street at East Philadelphia Street Gross Park
  • Maryland at Roosevelt avenues
  • Pennsylvania at Roosevelt avenues
  • North Hartley at Lincoln streets
  • South Duke Street at Merion Road
  • South Newberry at West King streets

Some early closings

In York County, because of the forecast, non-essential county and court operations will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, according to spokesperson Mark Walters.

Superintendent Dr. Van Deusen announced "due to possible flash flooding, road closures, and electrical outages, the South Eastern School District will follow early dismissal procedures:"

  • Elementary division, grades K-6, will dismiss at 11:45 a.m.
  • South Eastern Middle School will dismiss at 10:45 a.m.
  • Kennard-Dale will dismiss at 10:56 a.m.

York Suburban School District secondary students will be dismissed at 11 a.m. and elementary students at noon.

In the Spring Grove School District, secondary is dismissing at 10:30 a.m., intermediate at 11:45 a.m. and elementary at noon.

Eastern York High School students will be dismissed at noon.

Dover Area School District will be dismissing middle school students at 11:30 a.m., high school students at 11:40 a.m. and elementary school students at 12:35 p.m.

The following districts are using virtual learning days: Central York, Dallastown, Northeastern, Red Lion, West York, York Catholic.

Adams County:

Fairfield: Secondary will dismiss at noon and elementary students at 1 p.m.

Gettysburg: Secondary will dismiss at 11 a.m. and elementary schools at noon.

Franklin County:

Chambersburg: Virtual learning day

Greencastle-Antrim: School is closed

Tuscarora: School is closed. Makeup is Feb. 21.

Shippensburg: Two-hour early dismissal on Wednesday, three-hour delayed start on Thursday.

Lebanon County:

  • Annville-Cleona: Secondary students will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m. and elementary/morning kindergarten students at 11:30 a.m.
  • Cornwall-Lebanon School District: High school students will be dismissed at noon, middle school at 12:30 p.m. and elementary schools at 1 p.m. Morning kindergarten students will be served lunch and transported home at 1 p.m.
  • Lebanon School District: Secondary students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and elementary students at 1:30 p.m.
  • Northern Lebanon School District: No lunch, no afternoon kindergarten, morning kindergarten will dismiss at 10 a.m., secondary at 10:50 and elementary at 11:40 a.m.
  • Palmyra Area School District: Secondary students will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m., elementary school pickup and walkers at 11 a.m. and elementary students who are bused at 11:30 a.m.

Also of interest: Winter outlook: Here's what the Old Farmer's Almanac predicts for snow

Check it out: Photos: Flooding from Fred was bad, but these historic area floods were worse

Shelly Stallsmith is a trends reporter for the York Daily Record. She can be reached at mstallsmith@ydr.com or followed on Twitter at @ShelStallsmith.

This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Ida moves out, but flooding and road closures remain in parts of central Pa.

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