More rain, more flooding in Centre County

From CDT staff reportsJuly 10, 2013 

Centre County residents again got a soaking Wednesday night, with parts of the county seeing standing water on roads and overflowing culverts.

Hannah Hill Lane near Port Matilda saw nearly 2 feet of water on the road after a thunderstorm moved through the region just after 8 p.m. State police reports indicated the road had been inundated, with nearly 4 feet of standing water in the culverts on both sides of the road.

In Taylor Township, police called in the state Department of Transportation to clear rock debris off of Fowler Hollow Road, where high water rushed over the roadway, according to police reports.

At about 8 p.m., the National Weather Service in State College issued a flash flood warning in effect until 10:30 on Wednesday night. Emergency crews began closing some Centre County roads by 8:30.

By 10 p.m., many of the usual trouble spots in downtown State College, Toftrees and near Spring Creek on Houserville and Puddintown roads showed no signs of flooding.

The storm is a part of a cold front that is moving through from the Great Lakes, according to More storms are expected into Thursday afternoon, with more flash flooding possible.

The region has been inundated with rain — more than twice the normal amount so far this summer, according to AccuWeather — and with the ground saturated and streams already swelling, the potential for flooding will continue.

However, the weather forecast calls for drier weather Friday and into the early part of next week.

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