Flooding Temporarily Closes Roads in State College

By Mallory Lane

Published 06/25 2014 05:53PM

Updated 06/25 2014 06:26PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Significant flash flooding in the Centre County area shut down a busy road in State College Wednesday afternoon.

As much as three-quarters of an inch of rain fell in ten minutes in State College Wednesday afternoon, starting around 2:00 p.m. East College Avenue was temporarily shut down around 3:00 p.m. Heavy rain in the area caused flash flooding.

PennDOT officials shut down one lane of East College Avenue near the Blaise Alexander dealership and the Your Building Center business. Employees of YBC were literally flooded-in as several feet of water rose and flooded their parking lot and East College Avenue.

Traffic was very slow-moving in the area for about an hour.

The 100-block of North Atherton Street saw some flooding, too. One car attempted to drive through the water there and broke down. The woman had to be assisted by police.

State College Area School District's Athletic field looked more like a pool Wednesday afternoon.

PennDOT officials said this much flooding is not out of the ordinary for the area, but drivers should not attempt to drive through rising water.

"When the heavier storms come across this location, all of the rainwater in State College comes down to this location and floods the roadway because the ditches can't hold the volume," PennDOT Assistant County Manager, Jeff Collins, said.

All roadways are open in State College Wednesday evening, but officials will continue to monitor flood-prone areas.

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