WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Emergency officials in northeastern Pennsylvania are expressing relief following the breakup of an ice jam on the Susquehanna River that threatened flooding and prompted mandatory evacuation of some residents.
The Luzerne County emergency management agency says the river has begun to recede after large ice fields cleared most bridges downriver of West Pittston.
West Pittston had some neighborhoods devastated by floods in 2011, and some residents were ordered to evacuate Wednesday night. The evacuation orders have now been lifted and emergency shelters are being closed.
The flood threat also prompted road closures, voluntary evacuations and early dismissal of schools. Some schools were closed Thursday.
Emergency management agency director Lucy Morgan told reporters at a news conference Thursday morning that “We dodged a huge bullet.”