Pennsylvania golf course flooded after heavy rains from the northeast


DELAWARE, Penn. – Heavy rains from a northeast caused flooding in Shawnee, Delaware on Wednesday, with the river expected to peak at a moderate flood stage.

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort was experiencing flooding over much of its golf course, as was the inn entrance and exit.

At 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, the Delaware River at Tocks Island had climbed to 22 feet and the National Weather Service’s advanced hydrological forecasting service expected it to peak at 23.1 feet, just at the stage of moderate flood, around 2 p.m.

This would be comparable to a peak of 23.21 feet after Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

Jonathan Kirkwood, executive director of the Shawnee Institute, was on site and said water had already entered the brewery building (formerly the Pocono Ice Arena), but was not expected go to the hostel. He said it was the usual “prep and juggle things when the river comes up, and our third golf bridge to come out this year”.

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

A bridge is down due to flooding at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, in Delaware, Pennsylvania. Photo by Maria Francis / Pocono Record

Diane Tharp, executive director of the North Delaware River Watershed Conservancy (NorDel) and director of education at the Shawnee Institute, watched the rise of the Delaware River.

“It was going up to 4 inches per hour earlier this morning and then going down to 3 inches per hour so it will continue to decrease until it peaks around 2 pm,” she said. “We are fortunate that New York’s reservoirs are not draining like they did during the 2004, 2005 and 2006 floods.

Tharp said that after the 2004-2006 floods, most of the houses along the river were raised and can only see water in their basements at this expected flood level.

More to the south, Minisink Park was completely underwater. The soccer fields, parking lot, children’s play area, recreation building and walking trails were all flooded with no access. Portable toilets floated in the water.

“Over the past 48 hours, many places in the North Philadelphia Basin have received between 3 and 5 inches of rain with higher amounts in the upper basin and along the main stem,” the Commission noted. Delaware River Basin Wednesday morning.

Monroe and Pike counties generally received about 3 to 5 inches, according to the NWS Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center (MARFC).

More rains are on their way, according to the NWS MARFC. Fortunately for the Poconos, higher totals are expected south of the region, with Monroe County about an inch expected by Saturday morning and totals dropping north.

Monroe County had a wet summer, suffering three tropical storms in less than a month. Rainfall from tropical storms Fred and Henri contributed to Stroudsburg’s third wettest August on record, followed closely by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in early September.


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