Middletown flooding blamed on too much runoff

Following the weekend flooding in Middletown borough officials are looking to prevent this sort of thing in the future. 

The Middletown public Works Director - Greg Wilsbach - tells CBS-21 the drainage infrastructure system in the borough just isn't cut out to handle the amount of rain the area received Sunday- more than 4-inches in about an hour.  

While improvements and repairs were made following damage done by flooding from Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, recent construction surrounding East Harrisburg Pike, coupled with the area's overall downward sloping topography, couldn't hold up against Sunday night's rain storms.

Wilsbach says borough officials are working to gather representatives from Amtrak, nearby Penn State University Middletown Campus, and the Harrisburg International Airport, all victims of recent floods, to come together and find a situation to this recurring problem."It all does stem from out in the Penn State area, in the construction out in the James Wood Plaza area," says Wilsbach. "It all seems to be funneling into the railroad too and bottlenecking here into town."

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