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City Island opens earlier than expected following flooding

This shot of the Market Street Bridge was taken at near-peak flood level yesterday.

Harrisburg’s City Island will reopen today at 4 p.m., earlier than previously anticipated, the city announced late this afternoon.

Water Golf, the miniature golf course on City Island, will open at 4 p.m. But the Harrisburg Senators game that was originally scheduled for tonight will still be postponed until 6 p.m. tomorrow, according to a team spokesperson.

“We already cancelled the game, and we can’t [reverse] that,” said Jessica Moyer, senior sales director with the Senators.

Tonight’s forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms, but Fire Chief Brian Enterline does not expect them to significantly impact the river’s water level.

Enterline added that, at this point, his greatest concern was that high winds accompanying a thunderstorm could knock down water-logged trees.

“We have crews ready to quickly clean up fallen trees or debris that might block roadways,” he said.

Two days ago, the National Weather Service forecast that the Susquehanna River would peak at almost 20 feet, which would have inundated much of the island. However, in the end, the river peaked yesterday afternoon at 17.32 feet, which is just above flood stage in Harrisburg.

Since then, the water level has fallen rapidly and now stands at about 13 feet. The National Weather Service predicts that it will fall below the “action” level of 11 feet by Sunday afternoon.

This story was corrected to reflect that the Harrisburg Senators will be playing on Saturday, not Friday night as Harrisburg officials previously announced. 

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