Cumberland County road shuts down amid flood risk

Cumberland County road shuts down amid flood risk
Cumberland County road shuts down amid flood risk

Concerns of imminent flooding of the Conodoguinet Creek have shut down traffic on a Hampden Township road, police said.

Township police said at 11:30 am Wednesday that Erb’s Bridge Road is closed between Sporting Hill Road and Skyport Road. There is no timetable on how long the road will be closed.

“The Conodoguinet Creek is expected to crest later this week and the need for closure of the road will be monitored by Township staff to determine when the road can be reopened to motorists,” police wrote on Facebook.

The area around the creek is under a serious flood warning. The Conodoguinet is expected to flood from early Wednesday to early Saturday morning, affecting low-lying areas around Erbs Bridge Road, Prowell Road, Stone Spring Lane and Oyster Mill Road. Some homes could see minor flooding.

Flood stage for the Conodoguinet is 8 feet. It’s supposed to crest at 9.5 feet, the weather service says.

The following counties are under a flood watch: Adams, most of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York. Creeks and streams, already running high, could flood, especially in southcentral Pa., the weather service warns. People could also see high water in flood-prone and urban areas along with places with poor drainage.

A watch means conditions are right for flooding. Never drive through standing water, and turn your vehicle’s headlights on if you’re driving in the rain.

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