On ancient Susquehanna, flooding’s a frequent fact

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In the Colonial era, many tributaries had water-powered mills, and those may have helped control some of the water flowing into the river.

“Yes, we have done some major manipulation of environments” along the river, Duffy said, but many wetlands are still intact along the tributaries.

Weather experts note that the recent combination of Irene and Lee hitting the entire region with record rainfalls is bound to cause flooding.

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Begos reported from Shanksville, Pa.

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