Pennsylvania Declares Flooding Emergency

June 27, 2006

Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall prompted the declaration of a state of emergency in parts of Armstrong County in Pennsylvania over the weekend, but no injuries have been reported, a public safety official said.

The basements of 100 to 200 homes in Ford City and nearby areas were flooded and some residents had to be evacuated, said Randy Brozenick, director of the county’s public safety department.

Firefighters from six or seven fire departments were helping to pump out basements and clear debris, he said.

“We got that downpour and it dumped a lot of water at one time, and it seemed to be right above Ford City and Manorville,” said Brozenick. “The runoff is gone, so now it’s a matter of cleaning up.”

No injuries have been reported in the area about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Brozenick said. Most residents were able to return to their homes later but the Red Cross planned to put up a few people at hotels, he said.

Water rising in a creek in nearby Cadogan might prompt more evacuations, Brozenick said. The state of emergency will remain in effect until further notice, he said.

“We’re hoping the worst of it’s over,” he said.

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