MARIETTA, LANCASTER COUNTY—Marietta in Lancaster County was one of the hardest hit areas, as Tropical Storm Lee swept through Central Pennsylvania. The water flooded streets and homes. Friday morning, the Susquehanna River neared 57 feet. As the day continued the water began to recede.
However, the town's Public Information Officer told Fox 43 residents should be cautiously optimistic. A surge is expected by 8 Saturday morning, most likely causing more flooding. Residents on Front Street were evacuated Thursday evening and businesses along that road were forced to close. Everyone in the town is under a curfew. It begins at 9:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 a.m. There are only two routes in and out of Marietta. They include Decatur and East Market Streets. All other routes are closed.
"We should be very cautious, optimistic," said Angie Shearer, Marietta Public Information Officer. "Stay out of the area. With any flood there's gonna be fuel, minor amounts, and small traces of sewage. We don't want anyone in the water. It's not safe."
The town's sewage plant is shut down. People in the area are asked to conserve water as much as possible.
Shearer says if you smell propane and or fuel oil do not be alarmed. This is not uncommon during flooding events due to residents having home heating oil in their basements.
PPL and UGI will be coming back into homes to inspect before the power and gas are turned back on in the affected homes. Authorized personnel will have identification badges.
As for pumping basements, Marietta Borough Fire Department is not pumping them at this time. They are only pumping basements where there is imminent safety issues.
Those who have been evacuated must remain out of their homes until further notice.