River level remains high in Bloomsburg

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BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Flooding is always a concern in many areas in North-Eastern Pennsylvania. Bloomsburg is just one of those spots, stuck between two bodies of water.

Twigs, logs, and other debris rushed down the Susquehanna River Saturday.

The water levels rose slowly over the morning hours as rain from the Christmas storm accumulated with melted snow and ice.

This part of the river in Columbia County crested at just over 20 feet, but Eric Stahley, resiliency officer for Columbia county, says they braced for worse.

“We’ve been spending the last couple of days in conjunction with our partners in the municipalities between the county and the private industry here in town to work together to start looking at where the river is going to crest,” Stahley stated.

Stahley says Bloomsburg has a history of flooding. Those living in Bloomsburg recall the flood of 2011. That year water overflow came from both the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek on the opposite side of town.

“When the two storms came through the creek actually flooded first right, the creek basin filled up and so Fernville on the north side of town, you know the creek came down really really high, over 80 a little bit and really did a ton of damage in Fernville and the western edge of town,” said Jonathan Jones a resident of Bloomsburg.

That flood led to the construction of flood walls in the town, which finally finished this year. But Fishing Creek is still prone to flash flooding.

“When you see what’s going on with the river you usually have a couple of days to plan cause you know what’s coming up. Sometimes with fishing creek, depending upon the situation, we have as little as 15 to 30 minutes to plan, “Eric Stahley said.

Those living along Fishing Creek, say that preparing for flooding from the creek is second nature at this point.

Revathi Janaswamy, Eyewitness News.

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