Here are places in York County to avoid during heavy rains from Ida

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

York County officials are urging residents to prepare for heavy rain and imminent flooding as the remnants of former Hurricane Ida target the region.

A flash flood watch continues for much of southcentral Pennsylvania, including York County, from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning, the National Weather Service in State College said.

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York County could average 3 to 4 inches of rain within the 24-hour period, with some areas seeing up to 7 inches, according to the NWS.

"Considerable river flooding is becoming more probable with several small streams and creeks expected to reach minor to moderate flood levels in the Juniata and Lower Main Stem Susquehanna River basins," the NWS said. 

York City operators Hectar Vargas, front, and Tavares Outen clear debris from a storm drain at the intersection of South Harrison and East Philadelphia streets in York City, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. The stop was their last of seven to clear drains prone to flooding throughout the city in anticipation of heavy rain Wednesday. Dawn J. Sagert photo

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York City: In York City, drivers are urged to avoid the following intersections, which are prone to flooding, officials said.

  • South Sherman Street at East King Street
  • South George Street at East Princess Street
  • Roosevelt Avenue between Route 30 and Marbrook Drive
  • North Broad Street at East Philadelphia Street
  • The street around Gross Park
  • Maryland Avenue at Roosevelt Avenue
  • Pennsylvania Avenue at Roosevelt Avenue
  • North Hartley Street at Lincoln Street
  • South Duke Street at Merion Road
  • South Newberry Street at West King Street

"If there is trash or debris on a storm drain, please help The City of York by removing it," officials said. "Residents who have basements that flood during rainstorms should prepare properly."

Residents are asked to call the City of York Highway Department at 717-849-2320 for concerns about storm drains and inlets.

Flooding on Loucks Road and Roosevelt Avenue.

West York: West York Borough Police declared an emergency for rain and possible flooding. Parking restrictions will start Tuesday night on the following streets, police said.

  • North Adams Street between Orange Street and Stanton Street
  • North Highland Avenue between Filbert Street and West Market Street
  • Stanton Street from North Highland Avenue to North Pearl Street
  • West Philadelphia Street from North Highland Avenue to North Pearl Street
  • North Pearl from Stanton Street to Market Street
  • West Clarke Avenue from North Highland Avenue to North Pearl Street
  • Market Street from North Highland Avenue to Dewey Street
  • Dewey Street between West Market Street and St. Paul Alley
  • Overbrook Avenue from West Market Street to St. Paul Alley
  • West King Street from Herman to Dewey Street
  • Poplar Street from the 1100 block to the city line
West York Borough parking restrictions during Hurricane Ida.

Vehicles can be parked at the West York Borough Public Works facility at 1321 W. King St.; Slagle Park on Poplar Street upper lot; and Pathway Community Church on Philadelphia Street.

Further information can be found on the department's Facebook page.

Closings: York County's nonessential operations, including nonessential court operations, will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday due to the predicted bad weather.

HersheyPark and Zoo America will be closed Wednesday, given the heavy rain expected from the former hurricane, the agency said. 

The Chocolatier, Milton's Ice Cream Parlor, The Sweeterie Confectionery Kitchen and HersheyPark Supply Co. also will  be closed.