Flood waters have claims five lives in the midstate and two people are missing. Dauphin, York, Lancaster and Lebanon counties all reported deaths related to flooding.
Front Street in Harrisburg has flooded. The Shipoke section of Harrisburg was evacuated along with the Governor’s Mansion. Several blocks in Midtown had power shut off to force residents to evacuate. An 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew has been issued by the mayor’s office.
The Susquehanna River at Harrisburg is predicted to crest at 26.5 feet at around 8 p.m. this evening.
Harrisburg Mayor, Linda Thompson is threatening to arrest and fine gawkers who wander down to Front Street to take pictures and check out the Susquehanna River. 10,000 city residents from Front to Third Street are being evacuated and the mayor wants people to stay away from the river.
Unlike Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg has no dike system in place. The Susquehanna River is projected to crest at 26.2 feet or 9.2 feet above flood stage. This will involve the evacuation of residential sections of the city (Shipoke, Front, Second, Green and Vaughn Streets).
Along with the City of Harrisburg, the Dauphin County Commissioners have declared a state of emergency.