York County authorities monitoring for flooding with icy Susquehanna River

David Weissman
York Dispatch
The Susquehanna River is starting to overflow its banks in the Long Level area as river ice continues to back up against the Safe Harbor Dam in Chanceford Township, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

York County emergency management personnel are actively monitoring water levels along the icy Susquehanna River.

Phil Smith, emergency management coordinator for eastern York County, said two private roads were closed because of flooding Monday, Jan. 15, and remained closed as of Tuesday evening.

One of the roads, Boathouse Road, is partially private, with about 100 yards of public roadway, Smith said.

The major roads that are typically affected by flooding include Route 624 (Long Level Road) at Klines Run Road, Calvary Church Road and Bull Run Road.

He said Tuesday evening there was no water on Long Level Road, and the Wrightsville area was clear.

East Prospect Fire Co. will check back in about 3:30 a.m. to reassess road conditions. Emergency management must notify schools by 5:30 a.m. if water comes up on the roads.

Smith said the only area of concern at this time is Lower Windsor Township and area schools, including Eastern Middle and High schools and Canadochly Elementary School.

The water level is fluctuating, he said, having gone down in some areas and up in others, but there is "no imminent danger on the main roads."

If needed, police and fire personnel are prepared to evacuate houses along the river by going door-to-door, Smith said, and the shelter location for such a situation is Canadochly Valley Ambulance Club, at 45 S. Main St. in East Prospect.

The county's Office of Emergency Management sends staff or coordinators to observe conditions along the river and send pictures to the National Weather Service at State College, according to county spokesman Mark Walters.

NWS meteorologist John LaCorte said the Susquehanna River's water levels spiked up with the buildup of ice — not quite reaching flood levels — but weather forecasts suggest the river’s water levels will slowly retreat, and no major flooding should occur.

Reporter Lindsay VanAsdalan contributed to this report.