Work continues on Shamokin Creek project in Mount Carmel
Construction work of a 20-foot wide concrete channel in Shamokin Creek is approaching residential areas of Mount Carmel. A section of the channel has been built between the Silver Bowl and the Viaduct. The project marks a 30-year effort to alleviate flooding of approximately 100 homes along Water Street and surrounding streets when Shamokin Creek experiences flooding. Work will follow the creek for a mile to the Mount Carmel Township/borough line. New bridges will replace existing ones at North Walnut and North Chestnut streets, but existing bridges crossing North Hickory and North Vine streets will remain. On property behind the Mount Carmel Area Silver Bowl and Stadium Car Wash at West Third Street, an open pool and levy system designed to break the flow of the water is nearly completed. The project is expected to wrap up in 2016.