River and creeks are rising due to melting snow and rain

noaaUNDATED – With warmer temperatures, the snow is now melting and the area is expected to get heavy rains this afternoon, which will cause the Susquehanna River and area creeks to rise. The National Weather Service reports that there is a flood watch for the region, which means there is a potential for flooding on small streams, creeks and poor drainage areas.

According to the latest stages from the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center, the Susquehanna River at Sunbury will rise to 21 feet with flood stage at 24 feet. The river is expected to crest on Friday morning. The river at Danville will crest around 18 feet, with flood stage at 20 feet.

On the west branch of the Susquehanna River, in Milton, the river should crest around 16.8 feet on Friday morning, with flood stage at 19 feet. In Lewisburg, the river should crest at 16.3 feet with flood stage at 18 feet.

Along Penns Creek, the creek is expected to crest just below flood stage of 8 feet on Thursday morning. We will continue to follow the river and creek levels in the hours ahead and let you know if there are any changes following anticipated heavy rains this afternoon. (Ali Stevens)