LYKENS, PA (October 13, 2016) – The Dauphin
County Commissioners today toured a restored section of Rattling Creek running
through Lykens Glen Park that was washed away in 2011 by Tropical Storm Lee’s
raging flood waters.
Lee’s damage to the section of creek was twofold: it
deposited soil and sediment about 100 feet above the park’s low head dam and
also scooped out a 75-foot section of bank just downstream from the dam.
As part of the restoration, sediment deposited just above the
dam was used to fill in the section that was washed away. The work, which started
in June, was funded through a total of $722,880 in federal disaster recovery
“This beautiful area draws fishing enthusiasts from
throughout the county and beyond,’’ said Commission Chairman Jeff Haste.
“Restoring the streambank in this popular park – especially the large section
that was gouged and poised for further erosion – was important for public
safety as well as tourism for the local economy.’’
A few miles upstream from the park, Lee also damaged a fish
hatchery run by the Short Mountain Conservation Club that raised 8,000 trout a
year from fingerlings received from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Debris from the flooding buried the intake pipe that fed stream water into the
The county is working with the club to restore the hatchery,
awarding a $9,000 tourism grant funded through hotel tax dollars and securing a
state Department of Environmental Protection permit for the project. Short
Mountain has raised about $6,000 for the project, expected to be completed next
year in time to raise trout for the 2017 fishing season.
“Lee caused damage throughout our region and the county
worked with communities like Lykens to help restore what was lost,’’ said
Commissioner Mike Pries. “We’re pleased that today we can announce this popular
park and fishing area is again safe for families to enjoy.’’
Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, said Lykens Glen Park
and the fish hatchery is just one example of how the board works with
municipalities following natural disasters.
“We are working throughout the county on flood mitigation
projects, which we hope will make our communities safer and may lower flood
insurance premiums,’’ Hartwick said.