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Old 01-27-2015, 05:39 PM
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The Susquehanna is a VERY wide river I see. Does it flood Harrisburg often? Are there walls, dykes or dams that prevent flooding during storms? Does the river pose any serious threat to city infrastructure?
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:11 PM
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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Harrisburg is pretty high over the River and does not need a wall. Cities north are far more susceptible to flooding. Sunbury has a wall that can even be breached. Bloomsburg has no wall and had bad flooding a few times the last 20 years.
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Old 01-27-2015, 08:53 PM
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The Shipoke neighborhood of Harrisburg seems to flood every couple of years. The rest of the city has a block by block variation in its flooding susceptibility. The area around the Capitol does not flood but the Governor's Mansion has a couple of times. The high bridges of State St and Mulberry St span the flood prone Paxton Creek/Cameron St corridor.
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:19 AM
Location: Pennsylvania
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Most of Harrisburg rarely ever floods but it has happened every once in a while when a Hurricane hits the area like Hurricane Agnes did in 1972 flooding most of Harrisburg but that is not common. Some areas of Harrisburg are low lying like City Island and every couple of years you will have some minor flooding in those areas.

In reality Harrisburg has more problems with water and flooding from water pipes breaking in Harrisburg and the city needing to replace them. This has also led to a problem with sinkholes in the city with pipes breaking under ground leaking water and causing the ground to sink because the pipes are so old. In Harrisburg the system actually goes back to the civil war and needs constant maintenance. I really really don't get why the state government doesn't give the city the money to replace it and to finally get rid of the sink hole problem as well.
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Old 01-31-2015, 11:30 AM
Location: Titusville, FL
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Also, because the river is so wide, it takes alot of rain water to get it to rise. It's tributaries flood more often the the river itself.
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