Two small ponds called Twin Lakes near the top of the mountain near Cease Street and Carpenter Road in the upscale community of Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania are not in any danger of breaking, according to borough officials.
Heavy rain the night of Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 caused one of the ponds to overflow. Normally the extra water is carried through a three foot drain which empties into a 10 foot diameter pipe further down the mountain. On Thursday night water overflowing a blocked pipe poured down across Cease Street and crossed Carpenter Road before reaching Lakeside Drive. The water pooled at the intersection of Hwy 415 and Lakeside Drive causing the temporary closure of that intersection.
Harveys Lake Borough is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Depression Lee. On Aug. 28-29 the high winds of Irene uprooted and splintered thousands of trees in the region causing widespread power, telephone and cell phone outages. Tree damage is still an ongoing problem in the area.
Tropical Depression Lee dropped more than 10 inches of rain on the community on Sept. 10-11, raising the level of the lake to unprecedented levels and flooding boathouses around Lakeside Drive. Since that date more than six additional inches of rain have fallen, completely saturating the ground. This leads to additional localized street flooding with every round of heavy rain.
High water from the boat marina at the intersection of Hwy 415 and Lakeside Drive periodically innundates the back parking lot behind The Grotto at Harveys Lake. Although the water reached the back doors of the restaurant during Tropical Depression Lee, the Grotto was the only restaurant in the lake area which managed to remain open when residents were without power or refrigeration.