There was high water on several roads in Lancaster County Friday night, according to initial dispatch reports.
A flash flood warning in effect for Lancaster County and southeastern York County was extended until 2 a.m. Saturday, with a flash flood watch across Central Pennsylvania until Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Flash Flood Warning including Lancaster PA, York PA, Ephrata PA until 11:00 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/UfGHQCrbAZ— NWS State College (@NWSStateCollege) August 4, 2018
"Between two and three inches of rain have already fallen in some spots. An additional one to two inches is expected in some spots between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., resulting in flash flooding," the warning said, also including southeastern Lebanon County. "Numerous roads are already flooded and several water rescues are underway."
*ATTENTION*— Manheim Police (@ManheimPolice) August 4, 2018
We have high water in several areas in Manheim Borough and Rapho Township. Please be careful and avoid flooded areas.
The warning repeated the familiar mantra "Turn around, don't drown" when encountering flooded roads, noting that most flood deaths occur in vehicles, and said, "Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding."
As of 8:20 p.m. Friday, there were dispatch reports of high water on roadways as follows:
- In Rapho Township at Mount Joy Road in the areas of South Erisman Road and Fairview Road;
- In West Hempfield Township at Orkney Road and Curby Drive; at Farmdale Road and Marietta Ave.; at Silver Spring Road and Marietta Ave.; and at Farmdale Road and Chinchilla Ave.;
- In East Hempfield Township at Bowman Road and Kenstar Drive; and at Church Street and Daryl Drive;
- In Mountville Borough at Pennridge Ave. and Huntingdon Drive;
There was also a report of wires down in Martic Township at River Road and Bridge Valley Road.
Millersville University meteorologist Eric Hurst tweeted a warning Friday night.
We’ve waiting all week for this...lots of action the next few hours. If you’re outside, take cover! pic.twitter.com/aEqs1Xxxxr— E. Horst, MU WIC (@MUweather) August 3, 2018