LEWISTOWN - The National Weather Service in State College and local emergency officials are advising residents of the Juniata Valley that flood conditions are likely to persist throughout the region for at least the next 36 to 48 hours.
With lower than expected rainfall totals, the brunt of the storm missing the Juniata Valley to the east and impoundment of water at the Raystown Dam, the Juniata River was expected to crest at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday slightly below flood stage at 21 to 22 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage for the Juniata River at Lewistown is 23 feet.
The river will likely remain near the action stage of 18 feet for several days as Raystown completes a drawdown from its flood control level to its normal level. This means that the level of the Juniata River can rise or fall unpredictably.
Sentinel photo by JANE CANNON MORT
The Juniata River rushes under the bridge between Mifflin and Mifflintown at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The golden dome of the Juniata County Courthouse can be seen at right.
Sentinel staffers spent much of the day and early evening Wednesday tracking down areas in our readership area where flooding frequently occurs, obtaining photos and information for today's online and print editions. A number of readers also took advantage of the opportunity to submit photos to The Sentinel, showing other local areas experiencing flood conditions.
Readers are encouraged to view the additional articles tagged as "Tracking the flood" posted online at www.lewistownsentinel.com to see pictures showing the impact of flood waters throughout the region on Wednesday. Readers also are encouraged to submit their own flood photos for possible publication using The Sentinel's Virtual Newsroom feature. To do so, follow these steps:
* go online to www.lewistownsentinel.com
* on the home page, look for the menu under News near the upper left hand corner of the page. Click on SUBMIT NEWS.
* this will take you to the Virtual Newsroom submission page. Find the categories menu on the left hand side of the page and click on Photos.
* this will take you to the Photos submission page. Follow the instructions on the page and you will be able to submit up to 3 photos per entry. Please be sure to type in the time, date and place of the photos in the text box that is provided.
Readers wishing to post a large number of flood photos online are encouraged to visit cu.lewistownsentinel.com, where they can upload photos and create their own galleries to share with the rest of our readers.
Be sure to look for further updates from emergency officials to be posted on our website throughout the day and in Friday's edition of The Sentinel.