Flood watches for NJ, parts of Pa. and Del.
PHILADELPHIA - September 23, 2011 (WPVI) -- Heavy rains returned to soggy Pennsylvania on Friday, triggering high waters that caused authorities to evacuate an apartment complex, postponing high school football games and stranding some drivers.
Creekside Apartments in Gettysburg were flooded out, leaving residents to seek shelter at a nearby fire hall, The Evening Sun of Hanover reported. There was flooding in Hanover and water as high as three feet above the surface of a heavily traveled state road in Bonneauville.
Adams County emergency management officials said there was extensive flooding throughout the county. Numerous roads in Gettysburg were shut down and there were a few water rescues from smaller streams.
The rain comes as much of central and eastern Pennsylvania continues to clean up from record flooding related to Tropical Storm Lee earlier this month. Thousands of homes and businesses were damaged as the raging Susquehanna River overflowed its banks in communities including Bloomsburg, West Pittston and Harrisburg.
The National Weather Service warned that minor flooding was possible again Friday in Bloomsburg, as well as in Sunbury and Milton.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, which was also hard hit by Lee-related flooding, was under a flash-flood watch through early Saturday. Rainfall amounts were expected to total 1 to 3 inches by late Friday night, according the weather service.
Storm water also created a hazard for drivers along Front Street in Harrisburg, which borders the Susquehanna, the Patriot-News said.
Carbon and Schuylkill counties were hit by about 2 inches of rain by early afternoon, and creeks in northeast Philadelphia were expected to overflow after more than an inch of rain fell quickly. About 1 to 3 inches of rain was expected in the Philadelphia area.
Several football games in the Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton areas had to be rescheduled until Saturday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Budd in State College said the big surge of showers was expected to last into Friday night, but there was a risk of more on Saturday, particularly in eastern Pennsylvania.
Off-and-on storms were forecast for parts of Pennsylvania into Wednesday, he said.
NJ placed under flood watch
Another rainy stretch of rain means more flood threats across New Jersey.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire state through Saturday afternoon.
The weather service says 1 to 3 inches of rain are possible over the weekend, with up to 5 inches coming in some spots. And even after the worst is over, rain is in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.
Some areas of the state are still cleaning up from flooding over the past month caused by Hurricane Irene and remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.
Forecasters say The ground remains soggy and is unable to absorb much more water.
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