Danville Borough

Montour County Pennsylvania

Flood Information

General Information/Overview
As part of our effort to save you money from flood damage and reduce your flood insurance premiums, the Borough of Danville continues implementing a variety of flood protection activities including upgrades to the levee protection system, cleaning of storm water ditches and channels, regulating new construction in the floodplain, preserving floodprone areas as open space, and making flood protection information freely available to our residents and business owners.

For more detailed news and safety tips to help you prepare and protect your property from damage, please see the below information.

Flood Awareness Newsletter
The Borough annually publishes a Flood Awareness Newsletter, providing valuable information on the flood hazard in Danville, insuring your property for the flood hazard, protecting yourself and your family, protecting your property, responsible development, floodplain protection, and the Borough's flood warning system. The 2016 issue can be read or download by clicking on the link below.

2017 Flood Awareness Newsletter
                                                                                      

Disaster Preparedness


Designate a place where your family can rendezvous after an evacuation order has been issued.

Do not walk through flowing water.  Drowning is the number one cause of flood-related deaths.  Currents can be deceptive; only six inches of moving water can knock a person off their feet. 

Do not drive through a flooded area or around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.

Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.  The number two cause of flood-related deaths after drowning is electrocution.  Always report downed power lines to the Police Department by calling 911.

Look before you step.  After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nails.  Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be slippery and dangerous.

Look out for animals that have been flooded out of their homes and may try to seek shelter in yours. 

Be alert for gas leaks.  Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.  Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you are 100% sure that the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.

Carbon monoxide exhaust kills.  Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machine outdoors.  The same goes for camping stoves.
Charcoal fumes are especially deadly, so only use charcoal outdoors.

Clean everything that got wet.  Flood waters have residual sewage and chemicals in them from roads, farms, factories, and storage buildings.  Spoiled food, flooded cosmetics, and medicine can be health hazards and should be discarded.  When in doubt, throw it out.

Take good care of yourself.  Recovering from a flood is a big job.  The effects of a disaster on both the body and the spirit are difficult.  Be aware for signs of anxiety, stress, and fatigue in you or your family.

Flood proofing a house means altering it so that floodwaters will not cause damage.  Different flood proofing techniques and methods are appropriate for different type of buildings.  Use the following as a guideline:  If you have a basement, split level, or other floor below ground level, there are lots of ways to protect your basement or lower floor from seepage and sewer backup.  A backup valve is one way to prevent sewer backup.  If your house is on a slab foundation, investigate a low floodwall, berm or “dry flood proofing” method. If your house in on a crawlspace, a low floodwall, berm or “wet flood proofing” may be a good option.  “Wet flood proofing” means moving all items subject to damage out of harm’s way so water can flow into the crawlspace and not cause any problems or damage to contents.  If floodwaters go over the first floor, explore the possibility of elevating the building in order to get the ground floor above the expected flood level.


Emergency measures:  No matter what kind of  building you have, some last minute emergency measures can always help.  For example, you could move valuable items (photos, antiques, and other important possessions) or items that are most damaged by floodwaters (upholstered furniture, stuffed toys,
mattresses, etc.) up to a higher floor.  You can also place sandbags or plastic sheeting in front of doorways and other low, ground-floor entry points.                            

Whatever emergency protection measures you use, it is always best to have a plan written in advance to make sure you don’t forget anything after you hear the flood warning.
 
Danville is provided with 24-hour flood warning service from the Montour County Emergency Management/911 Center.  The Center is connected to the National Weather Service River Forecast Center in State College, PA and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg, PA.  The borough’s Emergency Operations Center is located at the Municipal Building.  If a flood warning is received, the Borough will notify the public using its emergency sirens that are strategically located in various places around Danville.

Map Information Services

 

As a public service, the Borough of Danville will be happy to assist you by providing the following map information free-of-charge upon request:

  • Basic information as found on the Borough of Danville's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that is needed to write a flood insurance policy.
  • Additional information available on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) such as the location of floodways within the Borough of Danville.
  • Information regarding any known flood problems within the Borough of Danville other than those shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
  • Information regarding flood depths in the Borough of Danville.
  • Information about any special flood-related hazards in the Borough of Danville.
  • Historical information relating to past flooding events at or near the site in question.
  • Information about areas within the Borough of Danville that should be protected and preserved because of their natural floodplain qualities.
  • Copies of FEMA Elevation Certificates for properties within the Borough of Danville.
The Municipal Building is located at 463 Mill Street and is open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. on Fridays. You can also reach Jamie Shrawder, Administrator of Governmental Affairs, by telephone at 570-275-3091, ext. 3 or via email at jshrawder@danvilleboro.org.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Visit www.floodsmart.gov, the official website of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), to find out more about flood risks as well as how you can insure your property against damage caused by flooding events by clicking here.

Real-Time River Gage Information

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) provides real-time river gage information for the Susquehanna River. The river gage is located on the right bank of the river 500 feet upstream from the Mill Street/SR 54 bridge and 0.8 miles upstream from Mahoning Creek. The gage measures both the water discharge rate (measured in cubic feet) as well as the height of the river (measured in feet). River height stages of note are as follows:

  • 15 Feet - Action Stage - Emergency response preparation activities begin.
  • 20 Feet - Minor Flood Stage - Inundation begins in Riverside on the left bank.
  • 23 Feet - Moderate Flood Stage - Flooding occurs at the State Hospital; backwater produces flooding along Sechler Run in the center of the Borough and may affect some basements.
  • 30 Feet - Major Flood Stage - Riverside left bank affected by high water; water levels approach pump station on right bank of Susquehanna River downstream of highway bridge.
The river gage information for the Susquehanna River at Danville can be accessed by clicking here.

Elevation Certificates

The Borough maintains FEMA elevation certificates on all new buildings and substantial improvements in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as well as any elevation certificates that are provided to us. These can be found and viewed by clicking on the address of interest in the list below:

If you are in need of an elevation certificate, the Borough is working the SEDA-Council of Governments to provide these at a low cost!  Click here to be redirected to the website for this program.

Flood Protection Library & Additional Information

For more information on flood protection, mitigation, proper building development, and other related topics, please browse the Borough's flood protection library by clicking on the below links:

Links to Related Sites

Other Agencies

State and Federal agencies overseeing flood prevention and protection activities are listed below:

FEMA FIRM Map  - the official FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map can be found here.

Youtube FLOODFORUM

pafloodmaps.com is a DCED website that can be used to determine flood risk.

Information on flood control reservoirs in the Susquehanna River Basin operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers can be found here.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about the above information or other flood-related questions, please contact Jamie Shrawder, Administrator of Governmental Affairs, using the following information:

Jamie Shrawder
Administrator of Governmental Affairs
Office: (570) 275-3091, Ext. 3
jshrawder@danvilleboro.org

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