Pending Rain/Flood Watch

With Tropical Depression Ida approaching the Harrisburg Bureau of Police are cautioning drivers to stay clear of standing water on the roadway. Drivers and residents can expect to see significant amounts of rainfall between Wednesday (Sept 1st) and Thursday (Sept 2nd). Localized flooding is expected as a result of the amount of rain anticipated. Residents are also encouraged to ensure that the roadways are clear of debris, or any items that could obstruct roadway drains and worsen anticipated flooding. 

Motorist are requested to obey all barricades, posted signs, shut down roadways, etc., and cautioned that failure to comply with posted signs and/or barricades can result in a summary citation. 

The following tips are provided by the National Weather Service:

During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor local radio and television outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs and evacuate immediately when water starts to rise. Don't wait until it's too late!

  • Stay Informed: Listen to radio and television, including NOAA Weather Radio if possible, check the Internet and social media for information and updates.
  • Get to Higher Ground: If you live in a flood prone area or are camping in a low lying area, get to higher ground immediately.
  • Obey Evacuation Orders: If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Lock your home when you leave. If you have time, disconnect utilities and appliances.
  • Practice Electrical Safety: Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises--get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!
  • Avoid Flood Waters: Don't walk through flood waters. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 if possible. Do NOT drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn Around, Don't Drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards such as sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in seconds 12 inches of water can float a car or small SUV, 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

Additional flood safety tips and resources can be found at Flood Safety Tips and Resources (weather.gov)