PPL Electric cut power to the Wilkes-Barre City flood zone at 5 pm today. This was done to avoid a major power failure. Water and electricity do not exactly mix well.
The Pierce Street Bridge between Wilkes-Barre and Kingston is closed to traffic along with the 8th Street Bridge, Water Street Bridge, Stone Bridge, and the West Nanticoke Bridge. The South Cross Valley Bridge has water near the Plymouth Township exit but it open. The North Cross Valley Bridge is open. Pictures on the Times Leader website show water getting close to the bottom of the Market Street Bridge at 11 am this morning. The Market Street bridge also closed last night. To see their pictorial from around Wilkes-Barre, click here: http://www.timesleader.com/news/Images_from_evacuations.html
Kingston has set an 8 pm curfew until further notice. No vehicular or pedestrian traffic will be permitted after 8 pm. West Pittston has set an 8 pm curfew until further notice and Edwardsville has set a 9 pm curfew as well.
Another evacuation site is opening at Hanover Senior High School with a capacity of 500. The GAR shelter has reached capacity. The Solomon Plains shelter may still have room.
Shickshinny evacuated 200 residents. 70 percent of buildings in the borough will be flooded if the river hits 38 feet.
Students at Wilkes University and Kings College were evacuated and the schools closed.
Wilkes-Barre General is open, safe and in emergency mode. Other WVHCS facilities may be evacuated and/or closed.
Luzerne County has called for the evacuation of 50,000 residents in unprotected areas.