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Old 03-04-2007, 06:11 PM
 
Location: NE PA
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Just wondering what the flooding situation is like in the tri-cities region? Here in NE PA, the rural areas are very prone to creek and stream flooding. Anytime we have five-seven days of heavy rains, or in the spring when the snow pack melts quickly, basements flood, some lawns develop ponds, and small bridges occasionally get taken out.
The main rivers have been ok as levees were built after Hurricane Agnes in '72, when downtown Wilkes-Barre was decimated by the flooding. The levees have held, though the water has crested upwards of 35+ feet several times, fairly close to overflowing the banks.
So I'm wondering if the tri-cities lakes, streams and ponds are prone to flooding at all? How about the rivers, like the Holston? Do most houses have submerged basements, and if so, do they get much water during heavy precipitation?
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Honestly, I can't think of anywhere in the Tri-Cities that would have flooding issues. I do know that up in Butler and Hampton, which are in the Roan mountain area, did have some flooding issues a few years back, but nothing major, no homes or bridge wash outs, just a few roads with water over them. I do know a few areas in South Greene County such as horse creek and Camp Creek have flooding issues, but other than that. I can't think of any. No, haven't heard of basement flooding problems either, but that isn't to say there aren't any. There are not basements in all homes here either.
Hope that helps!
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:35 PM
 
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I haven't lived in the area too long and I've not heard much about flooding so far. Though I did read in the paper that the reason Elizabethton had to rebuild a small dam in town was because the old one washed away in a flood. The article said that the flooding was from part of a hurricane (I think from '04) coming through. It was probably a tropical depression or something similar as it was coming through TN.
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