York City residents allowed to pump water from flooded basements onto streets

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch

Amid significant flooding throughout central Pennsylvania, York City residents have been granted temporary permission by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to pump water out of their flooded basements and onto the street.

Church member Tom Spangler sweeps floodwaters in the basement of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Rock after flooding occurred there early Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The area houses a Cub Scout troop, Alcoholics Anonymous group, sewing circle, Sunday school and youth recreation area. Members report a loss of about half of the sewing supplies. Bill Kalina photo

Residents are allowed to pump water from their basements as long as the water isn't contaminated by substances such as paint, cleaning liquids and oil, according to a Thursday, July 26, city news release.

If contaminants are found in the water, "residents will be required to have a professional vactor company come out to pump out your basement into a truck," the release states.

The decision was made after the city received several calls from residents along Willis Run Road and the 400 block of East Boundary Avenue, said Lettice Brown, the city MS4 coordinator.

The city does not have exact numbers on how many basements have been flooded, Brown added.

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Pumping is only permitted until the flooding has ended, the release states. After flooding stops, city employees will begin to prohibit the action.

Brown said she expects the flooding to last until the end of Friday, July 27, and possibly throughout the weekend.

The release also urges residents to stay away from creeks and Kiwanis Lake because "the stream banks are extremely unstable and the velocity and volume of the water is very high."

Additionally, if an area is marked with yellow caution tape, residents are urged to stay behind the marking, the release adds.