Emergency notice for Luzerne, Wyoming counties

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State emergency officials have placed the city of Wilkes-Barre and surrounding communities under a mandatory evacuation order following estimates the the Susquehanna River will likely flood sometime overnight.

Commuter students from Luzerne and Wyoming counties should check the news and consider heading home immediately. Wilkes-Barre and surrounding communities must evacuate by 4 p.m. today. Evacuations in Luzerne County could affect 65,000 residents.

The river should crest above 41 feet sometime overnight, which will likely result in flooding throughout low level areas in Luzerne County and surrounding communities. All municipalities along the river could be affected.

Parts of Tunkhannock in nearby Wyoming County have already been flooded. Wyoming County have restricted roads to emergency operations.

Additional road closures include Interstate 81 South at Frackville. The Eighth Street and Market Street bridges are closed. Media reports indicate that the Cross Valley Expressway has an extraordinarily high volume of traffic, with bumper-to-bumper traffic heading toward the Back Mountain.

The Times Leader and the Citizen’s Voice in Wilkes-Barre, as well as WNEP-TV 16 have been on top of the coverage locally. Subscribers can also check out the Times-Tribune’s web site in Scranton.

Emergency officials in Luzerne County are also looking for volunteers to help with sand-bagging. Volunteers are assembling at the tennis courts in Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Call 570-820-4400 for more information.

List of road closing from the Times Leader

WNEP’s Live Online Coverage

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