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Old 09-07-2011, 06:31 PM
Location: Lehigh Valley
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Will this rain ever stop? We have been here for 4 years and have never seen the water so high. They even cancelled school today due to local flooding. People who have lived here a long time, has this happened before?
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:36 AM
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we've lived here 10 years and I agree it's insane!
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:16 PM
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August was the wettest month on record for the area and the records go back about 100 years. However, the phenomenon of a sudden influx of rain leading to flooding happens not infrequently: Hurricane Agnes in '72, the blizzard of 1/25/79, Hurricane Jeanne in '04, and T.S. Tammy in '05 all caused flooding as bad or worse than the recent floods, depending on which waterway one looks at.

Many folks don't know that the USGS maintains near-real-time feeds from hydrographs on many area rivers and tributaries. If you live near a waterway, consider bookmarking a nearby hydrograph to give you advance notice of rising water levels.

(We sent our landlord a link to a hydrograph so they'd stop calling us to ask whether the house was flooded.)
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