River ice is starting to back up the flow of water in the Long Level area.


A flood watch in effect has been extended through Monday, Jan. 22, for York and Lancaster counties, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS reports that flooding is possible from ice jams along the Susquehanna River below York Haven, and minor flooding is possible close to Lake Clarke on the York County side.

The flood watch was initially through Saturday, Jan. 20.

NWS advises residents to obey all road closure signs and don't attempt to drive through flooded areas.

Phil Smith, emergency management coordinator for eastern York County, said he and other emergency personnel are aware of concerns and assessing ice and water levels along different parts of the river right now.

His crews had to shut down the 500 block of North Front Street on Thursday afternoon after pipes from the river backed up and flooded the road, he said.

Smith said he has already advised one couple living in a home on a private road along the river to evacuate, but they didn't listen to his advice.

Most homes aren't necessarily in danger of flooding, he said, but if the roads — particularly Route 624, or Long Level Road — need to be closed, those residents won't be able to leave their homes.

Smith said he and fire officials will evaluate different areas along the river during the daytime to devise a plan in case flooding occurs at night.

He added that ice and water levels have receded along Long Level Road since earlier in the week.

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