To Our Readers:
Record flooding along the Susquehanna River in Northeastern Pennsylvania last September
washed away homes, reshaped communities and ruined lives.
Every step of the way, from the initial evacuation orders to the muddy cleanup, The Citizens’
Voice has been there, chronicling the crisis and the drive to rebuild.
Voice reporters and photographers, forced out of their newsroom by the evacuations, fanned out
for days across the greater Wyoming Valley as the river rose and receded, providing real-time
updates on Twitter, Facebook and television and, in print, providing analysis and context to the
Preparing for flooding that could rival the devastating 1972 Agnes disaster, Luzerne County officials asked residents in low-lying areas without levee protection to leave their homes Wednesday or put their lives and others' at risk.
The Wyoming Valley braced Thursday night for the most devastating flooding in nearly four decades as the Susquehanna River swelled toward a projected crest just shy of the level reached during Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972.
The Susquehanna River surged to a record crest of 42.66 feet early Friday, inflicting unprecedented stress on the Luzerne County levee system and devastating flooding on communities not guarded by the floodwalls.