York County officials ask residents to identify flooding locations

Lake Clarke Marina's parking lot is under water as the Susquehanna River starts to overflow it's banks in the Long Level area. River ice continues to back up against the Safe Harbor Dam in Chanceford Township, Monday January 15, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

County officials are looking for input from residents on a flooding study to identify any vulnerable locations or flood events the study might have missed.

The York County Planning Commission, on behalf of the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, is opening the study draft to comment and review online through June 12.

Residents can provide information on flood-vulnerable locations, flooding and road closures in the county.

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The York County Flooded Roadway Study, publicly available online at ycpc.org, was done to identify which roadways or bridges might need flood protection.

Rehabilitation or resurfacing projects can get flood proofing or flood resiliency when funded through the YAMPO Transportation Improvement Program.

Flood proofing is for critical locations in which one road has to stay open during flooding events, and flood resiliency is for other areas that need protection but are not considered for proofing.

The focus of the study is on road closures caused by heavy rain and high water levels — not inadequate or clogged storm sewer systems and road-surface ponding.

Information on flooding closures was collected from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, York County Emergency Management Agency (York County 911) and municipalities. 

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Comments on the study should be directed to Jephrey L. Rebert, senior transportation planner, at jrebert@ycpc.org, mailed to 28 E. Market St., Room 301, York 17401, or given by phone at 717-771-9870. 

The study also is available for review at the York County Planning Commission, in the county administration center, 28 E. Market St., Room 301.

YAMPO is scheduled to take action based on the study at its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, June 28, in the administration center.