Tropical Storm Lee: A Photo and Video Retrospective
September 6, 2016 /
September 7th marked the 5th anniversary of Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. While much of Eastern Pennsylvania was hit by heavy rains that week, Dauphin County was one of the hardest hit areas in the state. Municipalities like Derry Township saw as much as a foot of rainfall within a few days, causing the Swatara Creek to crest at more than 26 feet (19 feet above its flood level).
As the retained engineer for many Dauphin County municipalities, HRG played an active role in responding to the floods: from surveying and inspecting the immediate aftermath to applying for funding from state and federal agencies for repairs to designing and bidding the repair or replacement of critical infrastructure damaged by the storm.
Today, the area has returned to business as usual, and local municipalities have made improvements that will better protect them against future flood events. This is thanks to the combined efforts of local officials, community and business leaders, and local engineers (here at HRG and other firms around the region).
It may seem odd to celebrate the anniversary of a storm that brought so much destruction to the area, but that is not what we are celebrating today. Instead, by sharing these photos, we celebrate the strength and resilience the community showed after Tropical Storm Lee and the progress we have made together.
Click on the arrows on the left and right side of the photo to scroll through the slideshow.