WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — As Ida approaches, area communities are preparing for what might come our way. Especially those who live near waterways and flood-prone areas.
The flood gates are in place along Solomon creek in south Wilkes-Barre a known flood-prone area
“We’d rather be proactive at 2:00 in the afternoon than reactive tomorrow morning at 3:00 in the morning when it starts raining. Just want to be prepared,” said Wilkes-Barre Fire Department Chief Jay Delaney.
“As a precautionary measure we don’t feel that there will be a danger but we have the labor today to do this. We are going to make sure to install just in case this storm moves in our direction more than it’s going to be. We’re looking at 3.7 inches but if it gets to be more than that we’re going to be ready for it,” said Mayor George Brown.
Harold Wright lives in South Wilkes-Barre and knows all too well what can happen when heavy rains move in
“Well, it’s a good thing to prevent flooding, damage to property, loss of life. Check out damage in other parts of the states, so it’s a good thing, it’s good thing for the community,” said Wright.
Sandbags are also being filled for the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority, again just in case.
“What we are doing here is just a precautionary measure based on the latest forecast. We have assistance from minimum-security prisoners. What we are going to be doing is filling up 500 sandbags today. We’ll just have them in inventory ready to use in case the forecast takes a sudden turn,” said Executive Director of the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority Christopher Belleman.
River watchers do not expect any flooding from the Susquehanna River, but the flood gates in the levee near Wilkes-Barre were installed Monday also as a precautionary measure.