Rain, melting snow cause local streams, river to rise

In this photo, Wyalusing Creek spills over its banks into a neighboring field on Christmas morning, and near the Stevensville Bridge. Provided photo.

After Bradford County and the surrounding region saw rain, warm temperatures, and rapidly melting snow the day before, it was soon reported by the Bradford County Department of Public Safety that most creeks were receding and the impacts were expected to be minimal. 

The department encouraged drivers to watch for washed out shoulders, ponding, or icy conditions on the roadways as the temperatures plummeted last Friday. 

The Susquehanna River reached moderate flood stage last week, cresting at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 27 in Towanda, and 7 p.m. Friday in Waverly. 

While the department did not expect major issues, it had predicted the closure of the Athens River and the Lockhart Street Bridge, as well as water affecting the lower lying areas in South Towanda, Wysox, and on downstream. They added that the water would recede below flood stage sometime last Sunday.

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