Several roads closed in Franklin County due to flooding

April 28, 2011
  • This fenced-in field along Pa. 16 near Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, Pa., flooded Thursday after the Antietam Creek overflowed its banks.
By Bill Kohler/Tri-State Editor

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Due to heavy rains early Thursday, Renfrew Park experienced some of its worst flooding since Hurricane Fran in 1996, according to Park Administrator Bonnie Iseminger.

"It was almost like small rapids coming down the East Branch of the Antietam Creek," Iseminger said Thursday afternoon.

One mature tree was felled during the storm, and staff members had not been able to check flooded trails for damage. Water covered the picnic grove and nearly reached the top of the main path bridge near the stone house.

Renfrew Institute is scheduled to host its Earth Day celebration Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park. Executive Director Melodie Anderson-Smith said officials would decide today whether the grounds could accommodate the event.

The backup location is Waynesboro Area Middle School, she said.

Water also flooded the fenced-in field north of Renfrew on Beck's Curve.

Todd Toth, a weather observer who lives in Waynesboro, said he measured 1.68 inches of rain from the early Thursday storm.

For the month of April, Waynesboro has received 5.33 inches. A normal April is 3.5 inches. "This is the first month (in 2011) we've had a surplus. Precipitation for January February and March was way under," Toth said.

The maximum wind gust in Waynesboro during Thursday's storm was 41 miles per hour, Toth said.

Toth said that according to Weatherbug network, which is used by schools in the Tri-State area, the Abraxas Youth Center on South Mountain received 1.72 inches and maximum wind gust of 33.

Other rainfall amounts, according to Weatherbug:

  • Williamsport had 1.46 inches of rain.
  • Boonsboro had 1.66 inches.
  • Sabillasville, Md., had 1.61 inches.
  • Chambersburg, Pa. had 1.7 inches.

Most of the wind gusts reported Thursday were between 30 and 50 mph.

Franklin County, Pa., 911 dispatchers said they received numerous calls for wires and trees down throughout the county Thursday. Several roads were closed due to flooding.

As of 7:45 p.m., roads closed included:

  • North Fourth Street in the Borough of Chambersburg
  • Part of Welty Road in Washington Township
  • Country Club Road at the dam in Washington Township
  • Lyons Road at several points in Washington Township
  • Mount Pleasant and Cook roads in northern Franklin County

According to the National Weather Service, no rain is expected in Franklin County until Sunday.

 Emergency dispatchers in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia reported no flooding problems on Thursday.

Herald-Mail staffers Bill Kohler and Jennifer Fitch contributed to this story.

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