We talk a lot about what happened in Johnstown and the flooding there, but flooding is a natural disaster that impacts all of Central Pennsylvania.
Sandy Lick Creek along with Beaver Run, which has flooded DuBois along Liberty Blvd and into the city many times. One of those was St Patrick’s Day in 1936 when 4 feet of water covered the city, not only flood then but also when Hurricane Agnes moved through flooding a lot of Central Pennsylvania. And some other times here just because of severe thunderstorms that weren’t moving.
Some other major floods in our region include:
January 1996 when above average temperatures melted snow and then heavy rains fell leading to flooding. This impacted all of Pennsylvania and twenty lives were lost. Huntingdon county was hit hardest in our area.
In September of 2004, over 10 inches of rain in ten days brought near record flooding to parts of our region.
Then in 2011, remnants of Hurricane Irene and remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, which each dropped over 5 inches of rain in back to back weeks created flooding in September causing flooding.
Many of our highest rainfall amounts in our history stem from remnants of tropical storms or snow melt.