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2018 The Year Of Flooding In Lancaster

The year of 2018 was the year of rain, humility, and flooding. It rained, then rained some more, then rained even more often and heavily most of the summer. It seemed like every other day we were under a flash flood watch, then it quickly escalated into flash flood warnings.

Twice, most areas here around Mount Joy were flooded, and most roads into and out of Mount Joy were blocked. The second time I remember, we had thunderstorms for a few hours, with 10+ inches of rain in that time. That day, there was just standing water everywhere, it was standing I’ve never seen it before.

Little Chiques Creek flooded several times this summer, both close to, if not higher than, it the water level crested from Tropical Storm Lee. The thing about that is that I wonder how much of a factor the massive development upstream played in increasing the runoff and flooding.

I don’t remember seeing a year like this with such persistent thunderstorms and humidity. It seems like it never dried out over the summer, except for one week, which was fortunately the week we were down the shore. The rain wasn’t even originating from tropical systems in nature, origin. Sure, we had humidity and moisture, but it wasn’t directly related to any landfilling tropical systems or remnants of them.