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Rain puts waterways close to jumping banks

February 17, 1998|By LISA GRAYBEAL

Rain puts waterways close to jumping banks

For the second time this month, area rivers and creeks are threatening to jump their banks even though rain was expected to taper off by early this morning.

The National Weather Service posted a flood watch Tuesday afternoon for some points on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

Forecasters are expecting scattered showers the rest of the week. But amounts won't be enough to cause any more flooding, said Richard Hitchens, National Weather Service meteorologist.

"The best part of the storm is moving away," he said.

There were no reports of roads closed in the Tri-State area Tuesday night.

According to the National Weather Service, the level of the Potomac River at Hancock was 8.5 feet Tuesday night. Flood stage there is 30 feet.

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In Williamsport, the Potomac is expected to crest at between 13 and 14 feet Thursday afternoon. Flood stage there is 23 feet.

At Harpers Ferry, where flood stage is 18 feet, the river is expected to crest at between 14 and 15 feet Thursday afternoon.

Farther down the river at Shepherdstown, W.Va., the river is expected to crest at between 13 and 14 feet by Thursday afternoon. Flood stage there is 15 feet.

The Shenandoah River at Millville was at 13.5 feet Tuesday night and was expected to crest at between 14 and 15 feet Thursday.

By Thursday morning, the Opequon Creek at Martinsburg, W.Va., is expected to crest at 9 feet. Flood stage there is 10 feet.

More than a half-inch of rain had fallen in Hagerstown on Monday and Tuesday, making this month's total precipitation 2.16 inches, according to Hagerstown weather watcher Greg Keefer.

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