Fortunately, since Hurricane Agnes, most the area is protected by a dike system that keeps water out of a significant portion of the flood plain. The dike is good up to 41 feet for most of the Wyoming Valley. However, a number of low-lying areas are already being evacuated. The flood gates on the Market Street bridge are being installed tonight.
The Wilkes-Barre Department of Public Works has closed flood gates to bridges over Solomon’s Creek on South Franklin Street, Regent Street, Waller Street and Barney Street, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. Those bridges will be closed to traffic for at least 24 hours.