So far, Centre County has avoided major flooding and road hazards as rain continues to fall seemingly nonstop for the third straight day on Monday. Surrounding counties, however, have not been as lucky.
A flood warning is in effect until 11:30 this morning, as the Doppler radar indicates that heavy rain will continue to fall across central Pennsylvania, according to the National Weather Service at State College. About 2-4 inches has already fallen in the area, and many streams have already been pushed to the brink.
State College, Bellefonte, Clearfiled, Huntingdon, Tyrone, Altoona, DuBois and Lewistown are among the locations expected to experience flooding.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is urging drivers who come across flooded roadways to “turn around, don’t drown.” It takes just 2 feet of fast-moving water to float a car, PennDOT posted in an alert. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties.
PennDOT encourages drivers not to attempt to cross flooded roadways, promoting the hashtag #turnarounddontdrown.
Centre County emergency crews already responded to one water rescue this morning, as a vehicle with the driver inside was stuck in the middle of the roadway at 500 block of North Centre Street in Rush Township.
At about 12:30 p.m., Penns Cave notified Gregg Township that it would be opening its second floodgate, which would cause Penns Creek to rise further, causing flooding downstream, the township said in a Facebook post.
Gregg Township Fire Company encouraged motorists to exercise caution while driving on roads that parallel the creeks, and to keep an eye out for electrical problems caused by downed power lines that could pose a fire threat.
A sinkhole opened in front of the Northland Center entrance, causing the entrance to be closed until repairs can be made, and setting back the North Atherton Street construction project, the state Department of Transportation said in an update to Ferguson Township.
Philipsburg-Osceola postponed the home soccer game against Huntingdon, and moved the junior varsity football game to the high school turf field. The middle school soccer game with Our Lady of Victory was also canceled.
Penns Valley boys’ soccer was supposed to travel to Tyrone Monday night, but that game has also been postponed, with no makeup date set yet. Penns Valley also canceled junior varsity football due to “rapidly deteriorating field conditions.”