Thursday, September 8, 2011 10:00am Pacific Daylight Time
Jamie says Middletown, PA lost power. She and a few others ventured out to take a look around the town and the entire substation for the area where she lives is flooded. She has pictures, but no way to send them at the moment (no power, no Internet).
Since she doesn’t know how long it will take to repair, she is turning off her phone for the time being. More to come.
Middletown, PA has received 12.8 inches of rain since Tuesday.
Middletown, PA and the Susquehanna River
Thursday, September 8, 2011 10:30am Pacific Daylight Time
Jamie lives in Middletown, PA which sits off the Susquehanna River. Across Central Pennsylvania people have been ordered to leave their homes as the Susquehanna rises above flood stage.
Fortunately, Jamie lives downstream where the Susquehanna becomes nearly one mile wide, and the taller among us can typically walk across the entire waterway without getting their head wet (although such actions are strongly discouraged).
Interesting tidbit: the Susquehanna River System is regarded as the oldest or second oldest major system in the world being far older than the mountain ridges through which it runs. Evidence suggests the ancient Susquehanna predated the Appalachian orogeny meaning the river existed well before Pangaea broke up and formed the Atlantic Ocean.