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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Potter & McKean Counties Hit By Flash Flooding

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING
was issued Thursday evening as thunderstorms with rain totals of 2 inches an hour tore through a wide area of McKean and Potter Counties in PA and the Southern Tier of New York.

Flooding of various degrees hit basements and roads, and possibly some low lying homes.

There were calls for flooding in East Smethport, Port Allegany, Millport, Genesee, Eldred and areas in between as streams rapidly surged out of their banks and over roadways.

Port Allegany firefighters and the Port Allegany ambulance were called to a residence on Church Street in the Boro, where a person received an electrical burn in a flooded basement. Other reports of flooding were received on North Main Street, where water and debris was reported on the roadway and Pearl Street.


Port emergency services were called to the North Open Brook Road to rescue a person who had become trapped in the flood water after trying to drive through it, and a call for an animal rescue on Rt. 155 was also heard, but not confirmed.

Persons on Lillibridge Creek Road called for barricades as the road was reported washed out in 3 places. The Port Allegany Football field was reported under water until debris was cleaned out of a drain.


Eldred was called out for water across Main Street, Eldred Township Department was sent to Route 155 in the area of Spader's junkyard where water and debris was across the road.

In East Smethport, the Fire Department was called to a report of high water possible inundating a mobile home and electrical equipment.

In Millport, water was reported over the road on the Eleven Mile Road, and in Genesee Township, water was over the O'Donnell Road.


The Allegheny river from Port Allegany to the headwaters seemed to miss most of the heavy rain, which tracked just north of Roulette on a path that mostly avoided Coudersport, although residents along Fishing Creek were wary of water that might come down that waterway from the north.

Probably the full extent of the damage done by the flash flooding will not be known until daylight as residents get a look around.

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