The mayor of Glen Rock is calling for a voluntary evacuation of residents living in the lowest areas of the town as the south branch of the Codorus Creek rises from Hurricane Sandy.
Mayor Ron McCullough, who's also an assistant chief at Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Co., said residents who live on Hanover, Baltimore, Main, and Manchester streets near the square have been asked to move their vehicles and move to higher ground.
They're also asking residents to avoid the downtown area near the Codorus.
McCullough said a mandatory evacuation is likely to follow, probably between the time people arrive home from work and the time they go to bed if rain continues at the current rate.
"It depends how much rain they get in Shrewsbury and New Freedom because we get their run-off," he said.
Residents who need a place to stay because of flooding or a power outage will be directed to Emmanuel Church on Church Street or Trinity U.C.C. Church on Manchester Street. The church is asking people to have pets on a leash or in a crate.
If flooding occurs and evacuation is necessary, the town will sound its fire department house siren for a minute to notify residents, the mayor said, and there will be announcements made on a public address system.
If you live in Glen Rock, you take precautions when the forecast calls for flooding.
That's what Glenn Geiple said, and that's what he was doing on Monday as the rains from Hurrican Sandy poured down.
Geiple was setting gas pumps up in case the electricity went out at his business on Main Street, Geiple Funeral Home.
He said the basement there usually floods, but it's not quite as bad as other parts of Glen Rock where waters from the Codorus Creek overflow.
As of Monday there had been no calls for a funeral, something Geiple said is difficult to deal with during a storm with road closings and without electricity or telephone connections.
Norman Rohrbaugh, owner of Sotdorus Motor Co. in Glen Rock, was sending his employees home at noon on Monday.
Most of the fuel at his gas station had been pumped out by Sunday, he said.
Rohrbaugh moved all of the vehicles out of his back lot, which is close to a creek, and into the front of his property.
When the creeks that converge in Glen Rock start backing up where they meet is when the flooding in Glen Rock becomes the most worrisome, he explained.
While he sat in a recliner, Terry Smith, 72, of Glen Rock, said his wife got everything ready for the storm at their house.
He was making one last trip on Monday morning to the post office.
Rene Snyder, 64, said he doesn't worry about flooding at his house in Glen Rock because it is situated on higher ground, but he is concerned about the mobile home park he owns.
"We lost 11 homes last year," Snyder said, adding that he hopes the flooding isn't as bad this time around.
Anyone wishing to report flooded basements, down trees or any other non-emergency situation should call the fire department at 235-2654 and leave a message. Calls will be returned in the order they were received.