Plymouth flood damage extensive
February 19. 2013 4:02AM
Ninety minutes later, that table was sliding across his deck, causing damage to support posts.
That was nothing compared to the devastation the storm caused less than 200 yards away.
The more than 3 inches of rain caused the Coal Street Creek to overflow its banks, bringing a river of mud, rocks and other debris down the road, ripping up sidewalks and the pavement, damaging houses and cars and leaving in a state of emergency.
“I have never seen rain that hard and that constant,” said Mazur, a borough resident for 69 years. He said the only thing he could compare Sunday’s scene to was similar flooding caused by heavy rains in 1947.
Millions of dollars of damage was done, he said.
“I don’t know how we’re going to pay for what we’ve got now,” Mazur said. “We’ll worry about that later.”
Even the famed Agnes flood, which caused millions of dollars in damage throughout Northeast Pennsylvania in 1972, didn’t leave Plymouth in such dire straits.
“Agnes was nowhere near this,” Mazur said.
Brian Wrightson, director of emergency services for the Red Cross of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, said that in his 15 years of responding to disasters “this is the worst flash flooding I’ve seen in this area in a long time.”
He said more than 125 people have been affected and a service center has been set up at the Goodwill Hose Co. on West Main Street in the borough. It will reopen today at 1 p.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. People can get information on help for the damage done to their properties as well as cleanup kits and mops.
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