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3,000 evacuated as rains from Hurricane Ida threaten Johnstown, Pa., site of 1889 flood

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/1/2021 Brian Niemietz

Authorities cleared out 3,000 Pennsylvanians living downstream from a dam near Johnstown, Pa., as heavy rains brought water levels to a disconcerting point.

Pennsylvania News Today reports that residents near the Wilmore Dam were moved to safety Wednesday and the area around Hinckston Run Dam, also a few miles from Johnstown, is being monitored.

Johnstown was the site of a tragic 1889 flood that left more than 2,200 people dead. According to the Johnston Area Heritage Foundation, that included 99 entire families. Bodies were washed as far as Cincinnati, Ohio, after a wall of water over 35 feet high crashed down on a civilian area at a speed of 40 mph.

“If you can stay home today, stay home,” Governor Tom Wolf told his constituents from Harrisburg.

a truck is parked in front of a building: A car is stranded on a flooded street Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Bridgeville, Pa. Pennsylvanians braced for downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, with forecasters warning that creeks, streams and rivers would be inundated across the state's southern tier. © Andrew Rush A car is stranded on a flooded street Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Bridgeville, Pa. Pennsylvanians braced for downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, with forecasters warning that creeks, streams and rivers would be inundated across the state's southern tier.

A car is stranded on a flooded street Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Bridgeville, Pa. Pennsylvanians braced for downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, with forecasters warning that creeks, streams and rivers would be inundated across the state's southern tier. (Andrew Rush/)

Schools and businesses there planned to close early Wednesday as conditions are expected to worsen. The aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which struck the Gulf Coast Sunday, is being felt along the east coast. Several Pennsylvania neighborhood had been affected by Wednesday’s heavy rainfall.

Wolf warned of flash floods that could last through Thursday. An emergency response team is in place to respond to the storm and its aftermath.

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