susquehanna river overlooking harrisburg pa

Current Conditions

Water Levels

River Level
Susquehanna River
Water Level over Past 7 Days
Precipitation chart
Harrisburg, PA
Precipitation over Past 7 Days

Susquehanna River Conditions

Flood Categories

Primary (ft)

  • Action : 11 ft
  • Minor : 17 ft
  • Moderate : 20 ft
  • Major : 23 ft

Secondary (kcfs)

  • Action : Not Set
  • Minor : Not Set
  • Moderate : Not Set
  • Major : Not Set

Gauge Data

Forecast Issued: Sep 29, 2023 10:39 AM -0400

Recent

Recent Category: Normal
Recent Projected Forecast Available: 4.3 ft
Recent Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 21 kcfs
Recent Projected Forecast Time: Sep 30, 2023 08:00 AM -0400

Highest

Highest Category: Normal
Highest Projected Forecast Available: 4.3 ft
Highest Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 21 kcfs
Highest Projected Forecast Time: Sep 30, 2023 08:00 PM -0400

Last

Last Category: Normal
Last Projected Forecast Available: 4.1 ft
Last Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 17.4 kcfs
Last Projected Forecast Time: Oct 2, 2023 08:00 AM -0400


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Data and Site Info for Harrisburg: USGS ID: 01570500

FEMA Latest News - Region III

Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Summers County

Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Summers County

PHILADELPHIA- FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Summers County, West Virginia. Community partners are invited to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period. 

The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community partners can identify any corrections or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments. 

The 90-day appeal period will begin on or around September 27, 2023. Residents, business owners and other community partners are encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. They may submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.

  • An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim. 
  • Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.
  • If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.

The next step in the mapping process is the resolution of all comments and appeals. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

Submit appeals and comments by contacting your local floodplain administrator: David Dent, Floodplain Manager, Summers County, summersflood@yahoo.com. The preliminary maps may be viewed online at the FEMA Flood Map Changes Viewer: http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv. Changes from the current maps may be viewed online at the Region 3 Changes Since Last FIRM Viewer: www.arcgis.com.

For more information about the flood maps:

  • Use a live chat service about flood maps at http://go.usa.gov/r6C (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).
  • Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone; toll free, at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at FEMA-FMIX@fema.dhs.gov

Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent and visiting https://www.floodsmart.gov.

Summers County Flood Mapping Milestones

  • February 17, 2022 — Flood Risk Review Meeting to review draft flood hazard data.
  • September 30, 2022— Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released.
  • December 8, 2022 — Community Coordination and Outreach Meeting to review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map and discuss updates to local floodplain management ordinance and flood insurance.
  • May 1, 2023 – Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released.
  • On or Around September 27, 2023 –Appeal Period starts.
  • July 2025* — New Flood Insurance Rate Map becomes effective and flood insurance requirements take effect. (*Timeline subject to change pending completion of the appeal review process.)

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.

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Biden-Harris Administration Urges Public to Prepare as Severe Weather Threatens the East Coast, Pay Attention to Local Officials

Biden-Harris Administration Urges Public to Prepare as Severe Weather Threatens the East Coast, Pay Attention to Local Officials

WASHINGTON -- FEMA encourages residents and visitors in the path of a developing tropical storm along the southeastern and mid-Atlantic portions of the United States to prepare now and follow the instructions of local officials. Anyone in the forecast path of the storm should monitor local weather alerts for updates.

Residents and visitors in potentially affected areas should learn their evacuation routes, have a family emergency communications plan, charge their devices and batteries, ensure they are receiving emergency alerts and check on their neighbors, especially those who are older adults or may need additional assistance. 

The storm, which is expected to become Tropical Storm Ophelia, is forecast to strengthen by the time it reaches North Carolina’s coast and proceeds on a three-day push north. Heavy rain is expected to affect areas of the East Coast and hundreds of miles from the center of the storm. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, potentially hazardous storm surge, flooding, powerful rip currents and dangerous surf. Tornadoes are also possible.

A tropical storm warning stretches from Cape Fear, North Carolina, to the Maryland-Delaware state line. 

The National Hurricane Center is providing updates as the storm develops.

Now is the time to prepare:

  • Get Emergency Alerts: Make sure to sign up to receive weather alerts in your community and stay updated on the latest weather news from the National Weather Service. Download the FEMA App to receive real-time weather alerts in your area. 
  • Gather Supplies: Have enough supplies for your household. Include medication, disinfectant supplies and pet supplies. After a tropical storm, you may not have access to these supplies right away.
  • Turn around, don’t drown. Don’t drive or wade through flood waters: Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low-lying areas at bridges and at highway dips. Remember, just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Evacuate, if told to do so: If you are in potentially affected areas, familiarize yourself with evacuation routes, have a family emergency communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have plans for your family members and pets. If you have a disability, you may have additional considerations for yourself or a service animal. 
  • Flood insurance: Residents should review their National Flood Insurance Program policy. It can cover and reimburse certain actions residents take to minimize damage to their homes and belongings before a flood.

FEMA encourages everyone to visit ready.gov or listo.gov to learn more about how to prepare yourself and your loved ones during emergencies. Make sure your family, friends and neighbors understand the risks severe weather may bring to your area.

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VA, DE and MD Residents Urged to Be on Alert This Weekend as Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 Impacts Region

VA, DE and MD Residents Urged to Be on Alert This Weekend as Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 Impacts Region

PHILADELPHIA- FEMA Region 3 is urging Virginia, Delaware and Maryland residents in the path of Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 to remain vigilant and listen to local officials as this storm develops in the Atlantic Ocean. 

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts tropical storm conditions including heavy rainfall, strong winds, flooding, and storm surge across portions of the southeast coast and mid-Atlantic.   Widespread 2-4 inches of rainfall is expected throughout the eastern part of region, with local amounts up to 6+ inches possible.  This could lead to flash flooding.   Strong winds could lead to downed trees and power outages.  Storm surge, the abnormal rising of water generated during a hurricane or tropical system, could reach 1-4 feet and inundate parts of coastal communities.  High tides are likely to also exacerbate flooding concerns.  For those in the path of the storm, do not underestimate its power. The effects from the storm are expected to last through Sunday, Sept. 24. 

FEMA Region 3 encourages all residents to follow the instructions of their local emergency managers especially if asked to evacuate. By not following evacuation orders, you not only put yourself at risk, but potentially first responders as well.  

FEMA Region 3 and its state counterparts are prepared and prepositioned to support needs that may arise. Region 3 has deployed liaison officers (LNOs) to Virginia's emergency operations center (EOCs) to work side by side to prepare for and respond to this storm’s impact.  FEMA is also working closely with other federal agencies and non-profit organizations to coordinate a whole-of-community response to serve residents and communities in the potentially affected areas. 

“I encourage residents in Virginia, Delaware and Maryland to prepare their families and homes now should they experience the impact of this storm, especially those along the coast,” said FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. “Ensure you have emergency supplies on hand and are ready to evacuate if instructed to do so. If it is safe, check on neighbors who may require assistance. This includes individuals with children, as well as older adults and people with disabilities.”

Prepare Now:

  • Now is the time to plan. It’s not too late to create a plan with your family. Visit Ready.gov/plan and use the new “Make A Plan” fillable form to make your plan and easily save an electronic copy to share with family members.
  • Have several ways to receive alerts. Download the recently updated free FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) to receive real-time emergency alerts from the National Weather Service and find a nearby shelter.
  • Follow your local emergency managers on social media:  They are the eyes and ears of your community and provide critical updates during a storm. 
  • Manufactured homes are extremely vulnerable. If you live in a manufactured home, determine where you will go before the storm hits, as these types of structures may not withstand hurricane wind or surge damage.  
  • Prepare or update your emergency supply kit. Your kit should include supplies you and your family would  need for several days, including prescription medications or special medical devices. Make sure you include any needed pet supplies. 
  • Check on neighbors. As you prepare your family and loved ones for a disaster, check on neighbors and folks in your community to see if they are doing the same or help them get started.
    • People with access and functional needs, including older adults, may need extra assistance to prepare for the storm. For people with disabilities and their families, it is important to consider circumstances and needs to effectively prepare. Visit Individuals with Disabilities | Ready.gov to learn more.
  • Flood Insurance: Your National Flood Insurance Program policy will cover and reimburse certain actions you take to minimize damage to your home and belongings before a flood.

If You Encounter Flash Flooding:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown: Do not attempt to cross floodwaters. The depth of the water is not always obvious. Moving water has tremendous power. Six inches of moving water has the potential to knock you off your feet, and a foot of water can sweep a vehicle—even a large SUV—off of the road. 
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay in the vehicle. 
  • If water is moving at a high velocity and is rapidly rising in the vehicle, exit the vehicle immediately, seek refuge on the roof of the vehicle and signal for help. 
  • If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately (unless water is moving at a high velocity) and move to higher ground. Rapidly rising water can engulf the vehicle and its occupants, sweeping them away.
  • If trapped in a building, get to the highest level. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there, signal for help. Do not climb into a closed attic to avoid getting trapped in rising floodwater. 

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.

 

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Follow us on “X” at twitter.com/femaregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

 

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