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Old 04-12-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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I have read about flooding in Scranton -- but how big of a problem is it?

I know nothing of the area.

Are homes and businesses being destroyed, or is this minor flooding that sump pumps can handle if you have an unfinished basement?

Are their certain areas in Scranton, and or in the surrounding areas, to avoid because of flooding?
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I have read about flooding in Scranton -- but how big of a problem is it?

I know nothing of the area.

Are homes and businesses being destroyed, or is this minor flooding that sump pumps can handle if you have an unfinished basement?

Are their certain areas in Scranton, and or in the surrounding areas, to avoid because of flooding?
I'll let Dan have this one, as he's the expert on this matter.
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:07 AM
 
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There are flooding and water problems all over the city. We'll start with my neighborhood. I live along the Lackawanna river in Lower Greenridge and we get flooded from the river. Our flooding did not start till 2004 after the levees were being built upstream from us. My house has been in my family for over a hundred years and thru all the major floods in the 70's and 80's we never received a drop in our basements or in general, not one drop till 2004.

The levee is not finished so we are a greater risk right till its done sometime in 2009. The opposite side of the river has a levee in place but now they suffer from a inadequate storm drain systems that back up and cause residual flooding behind the levee that still affects homes.

When the project is finished there will be one small neighborhood that will be short of the levee and will feel the full force of the river in a flood and that is on Gordon ave off of Olive st by the Scranton High school. They also currently deal with a very bad storm drain issue.

Keyser valley and the Fawnwood area are experiencing runoff and storm drain flooding that is affecting many homes there, the state and city are trying to correct the runoff problems from a creek that was motified into a culvert, big mistake, it runs over its banks and into peoples homes and in some cases has caused major damage to properties and homes.

North Scranton we have Leggett's creek that crosses under main ave. The creek constantly goes over its banks affecting the homes along it near the main ave area.

East mountain has a huge run off problem and they have stopped any new construction in the East elm st area due to this excessive runoff that floods homes and has erroded the street sides into huge ditches.

The city has been lacking with repairs and or corrections to any of these problems, like they have everything else. Any low lying areas suffer from the run off and any areas on the valley sides area having problems getting rid of the water due to the undersized and non-maintained storm drain system.
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:41 AM
 
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ummm...I just looked a home on Gardner, my b-i-l lives up the block, and said the very same things. Nice house but 6ft of water in the 06 (?) flood.
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:17 AM
 
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Wow. Thanks for the info.

Are there any areas which usually do not flood?

What about the areas North and North West of Scranton, like Clark's Summit, Olyphant, etc.,
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Wow. Thanks for the info.

Are there any areas which usually do not flood?

What about the areas North and North West of Scranton, like Clark's Summit, Olyphant, etc.,
Generally speaking the suburban areas uphill from the city in the Abington (Clarks Summit) and Mid-Valley (Archbald/Olyphant/Blakely) areas are relatively safe from flooding, assuming you keep your distance from the Lackawanna River. It's pretty ironic in my eyes though that all of the rapid growth in these communities upstream has led to a higher potential for runoff into the river, slamming folks downriver in the lower-lying areas in Scranton and Old Forge. I think the time for a COUNTYWIDE long-range planning commission is long overdue---one that will look at how a proposed new large-scale development in Archbald or South Abington Township might detrimentally impact the REGION instead of only how it will "benefit" the tax base of the host municipality while saying "screw everyone else."
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:47 AM
 
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The area along the notch thru Clarks Summit gets flooded. The intersection of rt 6 and Abington road has been under upto 2 ft of water. The homes behind the castle across from Starbucks get water as well. Runoff flooding is prevalent in the entire area. Ask the neighbors no matter where your buying.

Lovinbloom which house on Gardner did you look at? The one that is 2 doors from Greenridge st on the 1500 block or the stupid pink house on the 1400 block? Stay away from the Pink house!!!!

I live on Gardner and have for the past 15 years or so and my family has been here for over a hundred years. The pink house had it on the first floor but the other home only had it in the basement, it might have been 6ft deep but it was only the basement. The water heater, furnace, electric panel and everything else should be new. The house needs work, the previous owner was a nice guy but just did not keep up the house. They are also asking way too much for it last time I heard.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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There are flooding and water problems all over the city. We'll start with my neighborhood. I live along the Lackawanna river in Lower Greenridge and we get flooded from the river. Our flooding did not start till 2004 after the levees were being built upstream from us. My house has been in my family for over a hundred years and thru all the major floods in the 70's and 80's we never received a drop in our basements or in general, not one drop till 2004.

The levee is not finished so we are a greater risk right till its done sometime in 2009. The opposite side of the river has a levee in place but now they suffer from a inadequate storm drain systems that back up and cause residual flooding behind the levee that still affects homes.

When the project is finished there will be one small neighborhood that will be short of the levee and will feel the full force of the river in a flood and that is on Gordon ave off of Olive st by the Scranton High school. They also currently deal with a very bad storm drain issue.

Keyser valley and the Fawnwood area are experiencing runoff and storm drain flooding that is affecting many homes there, the state and city are trying to correct the runoff problems from a creek that was motified into a culvert, big mistake, it runs over its banks and into peoples homes and in some cases has caused major damage to properties and homes.

North Scranton we have Leggett's creek that crosses under main ave. The creek constantly goes over its banks affecting the homes along it near the main ave area.

East mountain has a huge run off problem and they have stopped any new construction in the East elm st area due to this excessive runoff that floods homes and has erroded the street sides into huge ditches.

The city has been lacking with repairs and or corrections to any of these problems, like they have everything else. Any low lying areas suffer from the run off and any areas on the valley sides area having problems getting rid of the water due to the undersized and non-maintained storm drain system.
How about Glenburn pond area? near Clark Summit? Do you know anything about this area?
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