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The Omelette Friday September 9, 2011

Flooding in Pennsylvania Reaches Epic Proportions

From Reading to Lancaster and Wilkes Barre, the state of Pennsylvania is feeling the wrath of Tropical Storm Lee in the form of epic flooding.

This storm has produced epic rainfalls which are devastating towns, destroying roads, homes, and thousands of lives.

After three days of intense storms, much of the eastern part of Pennsylvania has become a disaster area. In Wilkes Barre, the Susquehanna river has crested at 38.8 feet. Homes nearby the river have become engulfed. Fortunately, the levee won't be breached, provided there aren't more torrential storms today.

Berks County has also been hard hit by the floods. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated from Reading. And, west of Reading - the towns of Wernersville and Womelsdorf were rendered virtual lakes. 7.81 inches of rain was reported at Reading's Airport. Many towns in Berks County received anywhere from 7 to 10 inches during the storm.

If you live in Eastern Pennsylvania you are being affected in someway by this storm. Kelly Drive is still closed in Philadelphia. Many towns in Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Delaware County are in dire straights.

Even Governor Tom Corbett had to evacuate his home. He and his wife had to leave the Governor's Mansion in Harrisburg yesterday once flood waters began seeping in the basement.

And, a very sad story came out yesterday regarding two bisons from Hershey Park's Zoo America. The two bisons were trapped in their pen as floodwaters began to rise and they were going to drown. Officials at the zoo decided to shoot them so they wouldn't suffer by drowning.

This week's storm comes as a complete shock as area residents were over-prepared for Hurricane Agnes, but had no idea a storm rivaling Hurricane Agnes would throttle the entire eastern part of the state this week.

President Obama has declared a state of emergency for Pennsylvania. And, things could get worse today and Saturday before the waters finally recede from the Susquehanna, Schuykill, and Delaware Rivers.

Phillies Take Game One From Brewers

Cole Hamels was lights out last night in a complete-game effort against the Milwaukee Brewers in game one of their 4-game series.

The Phillies put up six runs in the 6th inning and came out on top 7-2.

Hamels improved to 14-7 on the season. And, the Phillies' magic number is now 11.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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