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Port Deposit nearly empty as flood peaks

PORT DEPOSIT — The National Weather Service says the Susquehanna River at the Conowingo Dam is cresting at a 15-year high.

The agency says the river reached 32.4 feet on Friday morning and is expected to stay near that level into the night before receding. That would be the highest level at the dam since a big snowmelt in January 1996 raised the Susquehanna to 34.2 feet.

Dam operator Exelon Corp. says it has opened 43 of 52 spill gates to relieve pressure from the swollen river.

In the downstream town of Port Deposit, the water is about 4 feet deep on Main Street.

Mayor Wayne Tome says about 60 people stayed in town Thursday night despite a mandatory evacuation order covering nearly 1,000.

He says no injuries have been reported.