susquehanna river overlooking harrisburg pa

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Susquehanna River
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Harrisburg, PA
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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

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Forecast Issued: Jul 5, 2022 09:39 AM -0400


Recent Category: Normal
Recent Projected Forecast Available: 3.5 ft
Recent Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 8.99 kcfs
Recent Projected Forecast Time: Jul 5, 2022 08:00 PM -0400


Highest Category: Normal
Highest Projected Forecast Available: 3.5 ft
Highest Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 8.99 kcfs
Highest Projected Forecast Time: Jul 8, 2022 02:00 AM -0400


Last Category: Normal
Last Projected Forecast Available: 3.5 ft
Last Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 8.99 kcfs
Last Projected Forecast Time: Jul 8, 2022 08:00 AM -0400

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

FEMA Latest News - Region III

Remembering Hurricane Agnes on the 50th Anniversary

Remembering Hurricane Agnes on the 50th Anniversary

PHILADELPHIA – In June 1972, Hurricane Agnes caused widespread damage across the eastern United States. Five decades later, FEMA Region 3 and our partners are remembering this significant storm through an interagency website, videos, webinars, and other products and events. We welcome you to use these resources to help tell the story of Agnes and encourage everyone to take steps now to be prepared for future storms.

Resources for Hurricane Agnes

50th Anniversary of Hurricane Agnes: Learn from the Past and Prepare for the Future Website

State-led flood risk management teams, known as the Silver Jackets, of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia collaborated with partners including FEMA Region 3 to create this interactive and comprehensive website. It contains details about the impact of Hurricane Agnes, information about how emergency response has evolved in the past 50 years, actions people can take to be prepared for hurricanes and flooding, and information about flood mitigation efforts in the northeast since Agnes, including an interactive map showing the storm track of Agnes and the location and type of various mitigation projects.

Agnes50 Mitigation: Controlling the Flood Since Hurricane Agnes Video

1972: The world of flood control and mitigation changed when Hurricane Agnes devastated many communities in the mid-Atlantic with her floodwaters. Those charged with fighting floods have used a variety of mitigation methods and policy to keep rising waters at bay, and this documentary short gives a brief introduction and local area perspective.

Learn From the Past

Working Hurricane Agnes Video

1972: The world of flood control and mitigation changed when Hurricane Agnes devastated many communities in the mid-Atlantic with her floodwaters. Those charged with fighting floods have used a variety of mitigation methods and policy to keep rising waters at bay, and this documentary short gives a brief introduction and local area perspective.

Dave DeCosmo saw firsthand what the damage of a hurricane can do to the flow of information and how important it is to make sure people get truthful, timely updates during and after a storm. Listen to his incredible, moving story as Dave recounts his experiences during Hurricane Agnes in locations he hasn't visited since she blew through the mid-Atlantic states 50 years ago. This Atlantic hurricane season, we are encouraging everyone to learn more about their flood risk and take actions NOW to be prepared. Even decades later, the stories of Agnes still resonate and can help us be better prepared for the threats of the future. With climate change, extreme rainfall and flooding events are becoming more common, and lessons learned after storms like Agnes will be even more valuable.

Surviving Hurricane Agnes - 50th Anniversary Video

Deb Kennedy lived through Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Her family didn't evacuate in time. She shares her harrowing story, commemorating the 50th anniversary of a storm that brought destruction to the mid-Atlantic and in part, led to the creation of FEMA several years later.

Episode 93: Remembering Hurricane Agnes on the 50th Anniversary of the Storm Podcast Episode

On this episode, FEMA remembers Hurricane Agnes on the 50th Anniversary of the storm by looking back at the impacts to the Mid-Atlantic and looking ahead to predicting the future effects of hurricanes in the region. We discuss how Hurricane Agnes shaped the field of emergency management and the how emergency managers today are still using lessons that were learned from the storm.

Flood Mitigation Then & Now: 50 Years of Reducing Flood Risk Since Agnes Webinar Recording

Mitigation works. Agnes was a devastating flood but projects in place at the time of the storm significantly reduced its impact. US Army Corps Baltimore District estimates projects in its region prevented $480 million in damage. Since Agnes, federal state and local governments have invested even more to reduce the harm of future floods but the nature of mitigation is changing. During this webinar, panelists discussed the history of mitigation at the time of Agnes, what we’ve done since the storm, and how mitigation programs are evolving to overcome increasing challenges.  

Agnes at 50: Learn from the Past. Prepare for the Future Webinar Recording

It’s been half a century since Hurricane Agnes caused widespread devastation in our region but there are still many lessons to be learned from the impacts of the storm and the emergency response. During this webinar, panelist David DeCosmo, a former WYOU news broadcaster who was appointed to be the Luzerne County Civil Defense Public Information Officer during the storm, described his experience working as part of the response efforts and communicating with the public. FEMA Region 3 Hurricane Program Manager Mike Bilder accompanied David to provide insight into the immediate impacts of Agnes and how this storm compares to others we have experienced more recently.


We all have a role to play as we prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters, and reflecting on Agnes now will help us be more prepared for the future. Visit Hurricanes | and Floods | to learn more about your risk and act today.

mayshaunt.gary Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:45

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Community Rating System (CRS) Update

Community Rating System (CRS) Update

Voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management

PHILADELPHIA- Flooding is the most common and costly disaster in the United States. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood. With 98% of counties in the entire United States having experienced a flood and just 1 inch of water causing up to $25,000 in damage, communities across the country must make tough decisions about protecting lives and property from flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the voluntary Community Rating System (CRS) program to recognize local efforts to reduce flood risk, and to reward communities, their residents, and businesses by saving them money on flood insurance premiums.

The following communities in Region 3 have all advanced in their CRS class rating by taking actions to reduce their flood risk and protect their communities:

  • The City of Norfolk, VA will advance from Class 7 to Class 5 (25% NFIP premium reduction)
  • The Borough of Yardley, PA will advance from Class 9 to Class 8 (10% NFIP premium reduction)

In addition, the following two communities have entered the Community Rating System:

  • The City of Laurel, MD will enter CRS as a Class 7 (15% NFIP premium reduction)
  • The City of Newport News, VA will enter CRS as a Class 7 (15% NFIP premium reduction)

The greater the investment in reducing flood risk, the greater the insurance savings through the CRS program. As communities move between classes, they implement flood reduction measures and save more on insurance.

FEMA Region 3, which includes Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, has over 90 communities currently participating in CRS. The City of Norfolk, VA recently joined James City County, VA, Baltimore City and Prince Georges County, MD in becoming a Class 5 community – the highest class of any Region 3 community.

 “The CRS program is a great opportunity to recognize the steps communities across the region are taking to reduce their flood risk,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator. “The real reward is then passed on to the policy holders in measurably lower premiums.”

In addition to the benefit of lower cost flood insurance, CRS floodplain management activities enhance public safety, reduce damages to property and public infrastructure, avoid economic disruption and losses, reduce human suffering, and protect the environment. Technical assistance on designing and implementing activities that could help a community are available at no charge from either your local floodplain manager or State NFIP Coordinating Office.

Read FEMA CRS fact sheet for more information about the program.  If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at femar3newsdesk@fema,

Visit Hurricanes | and Floods | to learn more about your risk and act today.


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. 

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charles.elison Thu, 06/30/2022 - 18:09

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FEMA Announces 2022 Youth Preparedness Council

FEMA Announces 2022 Youth Preparedness Council

WASHINGTON -- FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the 2022-2023 Youth Preparedness Council members today.

FEMA selected 15 new members to join 10 returning council members. Members were selected based on their dedication to public service, community involvement and potential to increase levels of community resilience throughout the country.

This year, FEMA celebrates the council’s 10th anniversary. FEMA created the council in 2012 to bring together diverse young leaders interested in strengthening disaster preparedness across the nation and within their communities.

“Today, we welcome and celebrate the new Youth Preparedness Council members, who represent the next generation of emergency managers,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “This culturally diverse, creative and dedicated group of young leaders will build upon the significant contributions made by past council members over the last decade, helping to make their communities more resilient to disasters.”

Youth Preparedness Council Members

The New 2022 Council Members

Sophie Fares of California

Lauren Coval of Colorado

Taylor Worbington of Florida

Vaishnavi Kumbala of Louisiana

Navin Ramesh of Massachusetts

Theo Illarionov of Massachusetts

Janice Saji of Michigan

Aarushi Bute of Missouri

Meher Harjani of New Jersey

Amanda Cisse of New York

Kemi Heyward-Rotimi of North Carolina

Neha Srinivasan of Oregon

Ryan Liu of Texas

Layla Ibrahim of Virginia

Katie Clark of Washington

The Returning Council Members

Isaac Doll of Colorado

Aubrey Dockins of Florida

Miles Butler of Idaho

Beitris Boyreau-Millar of Maryland

Ranjana Ramesh of Massachusetts

Alexia Nastasia of Missouri

Mirika Jambudi of New Jersey

Megan Cameron of New York

Amira Seay of Texas

Shivani Jayaprakasam of Washington

The council demonstrates FEMA’s commitment to promote and sustain a prepared nation. The council provides an avenue to engage young people by considering their perspectives, feedback and opinions. Council members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives and projects.

This year, each council member, all eighth through 12th graders, will participate in the Youth Preparedness Council summit held virtually in late July. During this annual event, members will participate in online preparedness activities, learn from senior leaders in national preparedness and engage with FEMA community preparedness staff who offer support and mentorship throughout their term.

To learn more about FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council, visit: 

mayshaunt.gary Tue, 06/28/2022 - 14:42

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