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Harpers Ferry deals with minor flooding

April 18, 2011

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — The Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers overflowed their banks in the wake of Saturday's heavy rains, creating some minor flooding.

The town, very vulnerable to flooding, saw its sewer system overflow and huge potholes created in the road over the weekend.

Rick Garland, a tour guide in Harpers Ferry, says the Potomac reached 19 feet, about a foot above flood stage, causing a very fast current and strong rapids where the two rivers come together.

The river started to recede after cresting early Monday, and water levels have been going down all day.

- Caleb Calhoun

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