Heavy Flooding Makes Pennsylvania Vehicle Shipping Difficult
We wrote last week how there was some heavy rain coming to the northeast, including Pennsylvania. Well, it came, and with it brought a ton of rain that led to major flooding this week. As such, Pennsylvania vehicle shipping has become increasingly difficult to complete, as parts of the state are underwater. This includes the famous Hershey Park, which was closed Monday, Wednesday, and today due to the flooding. In other words, it’s gonna be tricky moving cars through the region. Read on to learn more.
How Pennsylvania vehicle shipping has been affected
As it stands right now, the flooding is mostly in central and east-central Pennsylvania. This means cities like Harrisburg, State College and Williamsport are in danger of floods – or are already flooded.
Flooding is really problematic when it comes to the auto transport industry. It’s hard to predict – sure, we can look at forecasts all we want and try to predict how much rain is going to fall. But at the end of the day, carriers are on the road for weeks at a time, and their routes are planned in advance. So if they hear about heavy rain coming to an area they’re in (or going to be in), they have a choice: wait it out and see how bad it gets, or they take the risk and go through the problem areas anyway.
Either way, someone isn’t going to be happy. With the former choice, shipments get delayed. This leads to angry customers and lost revenue. With the latter, there’s increased chance of damaging the vehicles, which will lead to angry customers and lost revenue.
Really, it’s not easy for a carrier looking to protect cargo and still get paid.
So what does this mean for your shipment?
Carriers can still access many areas of Pennsylvania. The major shipping hubs – Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, namely – are as-yet unaffected by the heavy weather. But a lot of the state routes carriers use to get through Pennsylvania may be either underwater or pass through areas that are flooded. So diversions and route changes are going to be pretty much par for the course.
You can and should speak to an agent about it. They can let you know more information about which routes and cities are affected and what it means for you. There’s no news of any loads being lost to the flooding, which is always good news. But for now, you can and should expect delays on central Pennsylvania shipments. This could also lead to higher prices in the coming days and weeks depending on how long the flooding lasts.
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