Thursday, September 8, 2011

Impressive Rain

While areas of Texas continue to carry on with a serious rain defecit (Dallas-Fort Worth is at -8'' for the year so far), others are begging mother nature to cease and desist before this rain makes cities and towns unrecognizable under a layer of water. Take a look at these pictures from York, PA where nearly a foot of rain has all but buried the city.

These remnants of what had been Tropical Storm Lee, including flash floods, tornadoes and non-stop rain have authorities reacting with a real sense of urgency. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that at least 7 people have lost their lives due to flooding related incidents and over 100,000 residents of PA, NY, MD have been evacuated. Families staying in shelters and away from their permanent residences are expected to stay away from their homes until Sunday at the earliest.

While showers still brew up and down the affected region, authorities say it will be a while before they can really survey the damage done that included a partial bridge collapse in northern Pennsylvania, vehicles and other property swept away, and failed sewage treatment plants.

The mayor of Binghamton, N.Y., said the severe Susquehanna River flooding was the worst in more than 60 years.