Scranton closes flood gates in preparation for potential flooding


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The remnants of Ida are here and drenching our region, creating many concerns for possible flash floods in areas like Scranton.

There are flash flood watches and warnings in effect for our entire region, including right here in Lackawanna County.

Scranton Department of Public Works employees spent their morning preparing for the possible dangers ahead.

Residents say they’re glad the city of Scranton is being cautious.

“I don’t want any houses to get ruined. I have a friend of mine that lives right around the corner and we live right up the street so, yeah. I’m happy with this,” said President Penny Riley.

Olive Street is just one of the many streets being closed as they put up flood gates along the Lackawanna River.

Gates were also closed on Albright Avenue, Sanderson Avenue and Parker Street closed roads are likely to get in the way of many residents’ commute let alone traffic due to heavy rain.

If you need to head anywhere, be sure to leave a little early.

“I’ve been here two years. I don’t really know that much because of the pandemic and everything,” said Scranton Resident Bob Parsell.

Some are glad they’re putting up the flood gates because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

“Sure, I mean, if it does get out of control, it could create problems. I mean, you got this house here and I’m up on the hill,” said Parsell.

The city of Scranton said they are taking the proactive approach and issued an emergency declaration ahead of Ida.

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