York County firefighters prepare for potential flooding


Flooding is nothing new to the firefighters of the Felton Union Volunteer Fire Co.

The borough sits on a floodplain.

Even with reports that Hurricane Joaquin will make its ways up the East Coast this weekend, the company plans operating "business as usual."

That means the fundraising breakfast planned for Saturday is still on, rain or shine said Felton Fire Co. Chief Scott Gingrich.

"This town has a history with water," he said. "But the good news is we know which streets and which houses are prone to flooding. We are ready."

Gingrich said the company will be fully staffed. They had a meeting earlier in the week to plan for what might happen over the weekend.

"We just want to be prepared," he said.

Like Felton, many local fire companies and departments are taking extra precautions to prepare for potential flooding from Hurricane Joaquin.

Weather experts predict Hurricane Joaquin will stay offshore, and York County should see little or no effect from the storm,

However, the county will still experience "a good bit of rain this weekend," meteorologist Aaron Tyburski said.

Firefighters with the Community Fire Co. in the Craley area plan to be fully staffed for the weekend instead of having staff be on call, said Fire Chief Jesse Frantz.

Frantz said they will be available to help out in case neighboring townships need extra assistance.

Wrightsville Steam Engine & Hose Co. Fire Chief Chad Livelsberger said his company plans to monitor the community through the weekend. Firefighters are double checking water rescue equipment to ensure it's working properly.

On Friday morning, he and representatives of neighboring fire groups met with officials from York County Office of Emergency Management to talk about logistics.

"Our goal is to ensure everyone is on the same page with information," Livelsberger said. "If anything does change, we will update everyone right away."

The chief said he's is optimistic about the weekend, noting the community's Bridgebust Arts and Crafts Festival will still take place Oct. 3. The show will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., on the Wrightsville bridge, joining Columbia and Wrightsville.

"From what we understand, no one has cancelled," he said. "But we will be there just incase something happens."

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