Rising river

Officials: Juniata expected to crest Tuesday morning

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN — More wet weather on Monday, after a full day of rain on Sunday, has many low-lying areas of the Juniata River Valley dealing with flooding issues.

Mifflin County Director of Public Safety Phil Lucas said that the extended period of rain, coupled with water being released by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Raystown Dam to control flooding in Raystown Lake, the Juniata River is expected to crest at 21.7 feet at around 8 a.m. Tuesday in Lewistown, above the action stage of 18 feet, but below the flood stage of 23 feet.

Many low-lying areas near streams like Honey Creek and Kishacoquillas Creek were experiencing flooding as the creeks overflowed their banks.

Additionally, due to flooding in the area, Mifflin County School District and Juniata County School District both announced a 3 hour delay for the school day, today.

AccuWeather forecasts only a 25 percent chance of rain for today, but said a thunderstorm could bring more rain on Wednesday. Showers are also expected on Thursday and there is a chance of a thunderstorm on Friday, according to AccuWeather.

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