Natural Disasters in NCPA

The Chronological History of Natural Disasters in North Central Pennsylvania
by Stephen F. Miller Jr.


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1600s:

February 1692 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.


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1700s:

February 12, 1731 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

February 17, 1733 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

January 28, 1737 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

January 7, 1762 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

March 15, 1784 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

October 5, 1786 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.  Called the "The Great Pumpkin Flood" due to many pumpkins that floated away.

October 1, 1787 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.


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1800s:

April 1800 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

April 23, 1804 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

November 20, 1810 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries. Also called "The Great Pumpkin Flood"

July 20, 1824 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

March 5, 1831 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

May 17, 1834 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

February 12, 1837 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

October 9, 1847- Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

February 7, 1853 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

September 28, 1861 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries. Flood ravages the valley after a  log drive hangs up about a mile below the creek and torrential rain causes the river and creek to flood rapidly.   Many buildings, along with rafts and logs, jam against the Keating railroad bridge and sweep it away.  Bodies from Village of Sinnamahoning cemeteries rise from their graves and are swept downstream. 

March 17, 1865 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries. Called St. Patrick's Day Flood.  

February 1872 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries caused by ice breakup.

May 30 - June 1, 1889 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries caused by a major storm from the west.   Flood severely damages towns of Renovo,  Lock Haven, Williamsport and Sunbury downstream.

1894 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.


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1900s:

March 18, 1936 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries. Called St. Patrick's Day Flood.

1942 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

1945 - Major ice flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

1946 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

1964 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries.

June 1972 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries caused as Tropical Storm Agnes dumps 28 trillion, 50 billion gallons of water on the Susquehanna basin. Causes severe damage throughout the region.

May 1985 - A tornado passes approximately a mile up the West Branch from Keating destroying the forests on both sides of the West Branch of the Susquehanna.

January 19-20, 1996 - Major flood of Susquehanna and it tributaries following melt of winter snowfall.


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