Holy Redeemer will remain closed Friday in rain’s wake

Ed Lewis - [email protected]
A pickup truck passes through high water at the intersection of Barney and Ingham streets in Wilkes-Barre where city officials parked a Department of Public Works dump truck on a manhole to keep it in place. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
A swollen Solomon Creek in South Wilkes-Barre is seen following heavy rains on Thursday. The creek rose quickly, forcing a construction crew working on the wall to shut down the job. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
A man makes his was down Rose street in Plains Township Thursday morning under cover of an umbrella as heavy rains began to fall. According to National Weather Service records, the Wilkes-Barre area received 1.44 inches of rain in the three hours prior to 11 a.m., but the bulk of that fell roughly between 10 and 11 a.m. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Holy Redeemer students Liv Kaluzny, right, and Gia Stoddard talk about being dismissed early from school on Thursday. - - Ed Lewis | Times Leader
Students were dismissed early from Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre due to flooding Thursday morning. - - Ed Lewis | Times Leader
A swollen Solomon Creek in South Wilkes-Barre is seen following heavy rains on Thursday. The creek rose quickly, forcing a construction crew working on the wall to shut down the job. - - Ed Lewis | Times Leader
A pickup truck passes through high water at the intersection of Barney and Ingham streets in Wilkes-Barre where city officials parked a Department of Public Works dump truck on a manhole to keep it in place. - - Ed Lewis | Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Holy Redeemer High School will remain closed on Friday as officials work to clean up after rainwater backed up into the basement on Thursday as flash-flooding wreaked havoc around the region.

School is expected to resume on Monday, Diocese of Scranton spokesman Bill Genello said.

“Today’s heavy rain caused some water to enter the lower level of the school, which contains some classrooms and the cafeteria,” Genello said.

City Fire Chief Jay Delaney said street flooding on Pennsylvania Avenue caused “an issue with the school’s basement.”

According to National Weather Service records, the Wilkes-Barre area received 1.44 inches of rain in the three hours prior to 11 a.m., but the bulk of that fell roughly between 10 and 11 a.m.

Parents began showing up at about 11 a.m. to pick up their children who attend the high school.

“We went into the cafeteria and there was water and it was flooding in the bathroom,” said sophomore Liv Kaluzny. “They told us to go to the gymnasium to wait.”

Crews from the city’s Department of Public Works quickly removed leaves and debris from storm drains along South Pennsylvania Avenue allowing the flood water to dissipate. A front-end loader was used to remove debris.

“I saw some puddles in the cafeteria and then everyone got excited, we wanted to get out early. They made an announcement that we were to go to the gymnasium and we sat there until they allowed us to get out early,” sophomore Addy Bielski said.

Kaluzny’s mother, Sandy, learned of the early dismissal when the school sent out a text message.

“I think it’s a good precaution for the school to dismiss the kids because you just don’t know what could happen electrically. Anything could go wrong,” Sandy Kaluzny said, adding that “all the side streets (were) flooded trying to get here.”

Delaney said there was no danger to the students or school.

Other issues

Blackman Street near Anthracite Street was temporarily closed due to flooding from Spring Run creek and blocked storm drains. Wilkes-Barre Fire Department firefighters and DPW employees used shovels to remove the debris from the drains.

A construction crew working on the Solomon Creek wall reconstruction project shut down the job as the creek waters rose from the heavy rains.

Nearby, Barney Street flooded at the intersection with Ingham Street. Water bubbled out of a manhole cover at the intersection and the city parked a DPW dump truck ontop of it to keep it in place.

Heavy rain was too much for Boland Avenue, Hanover Township, where water gushed out of manholes.

Vehicles were inundated by flood water on Northampton Street in Kingston and on East Hollenback Avenue in Wilkes-Barre.

There also were reports of flooded basements in Wright Township and Swoyersville.

Friday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions during the day and the return of showers in the evening, the NWS says.

Staff writer Jerry Lynott contributed to this report.

A pickup truck passes through high water at the intersection of Barney and Ingham streets in Wilkes-Barre where city officials parked a Department of Public Works dump truck on a manhole to keep it in place.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL101218Flooding2-2.jpgA pickup truck passes through high water at the intersection of Barney and Ingham streets in Wilkes-Barre where city officials parked a Department of Public Works dump truck on a manhole to keep it in place. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

A swollen Solomon Creek in South Wilkes-Barre is seen following heavy rains on Thursday. The creek rose quickly, forcing a construction crew working on the wall to shut down the job.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL101218Flooding1-2.jpgA swollen Solomon Creek in South Wilkes-Barre is seen following heavy rains on Thursday. The creek rose quickly, forcing a construction crew working on the wall to shut down the job. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

A man makes his was down Rose street in Plains Township Thursday morning under cover of an umbrella as heavy rains began to fall. According to National Weather Service records, the Wilkes-Barre area received 1.44 inches of rain in the three hours prior to 11 a.m., but the bulk of that fell roughly between 10 and 11 a.m.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL101218Flooding-2.jpgA man makes his was down Rose street in Plains Township Thursday morning under cover of an umbrella as heavy rains began to fall. According to National Weather Service records, the Wilkes-Barre area received 1.44 inches of rain in the three hours prior to 11 a.m., but the bulk of that fell roughly between 10 and 11 a.m. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Holy Redeemer students Liv Kaluzny, right, and Gia Stoddard talk about being dismissed early from school on Thursday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_Holy-Redeeemer-students-3.jpgHoly Redeemer students Liv Kaluzny, right, and Gia Stoddard talk about being dismissed early from school on Thursday. Ed Lewis | Times Leader

Students were dismissed early from Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre due to flooding Thursday morning.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_Holy-Redeemer-evacuation-4.jpgStudents were dismissed early from Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre due to flooding Thursday morning. Ed Lewis | Times Leader

A swollen Solomon Creek in South Wilkes-Barre is seen following heavy rains on Thursday. The creek rose quickly, forcing a construction crew working on the wall to shut down the job.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL101218Flooding1CMYK1.jpgA swollen Solomon Creek in South Wilkes-Barre is seen following heavy rains on Thursday. The creek rose quickly, forcing a construction crew working on the wall to shut down the job. Ed Lewis | Times Leader

A pickup truck passes through high water at the intersection of Barney and Ingham streets in Wilkes-Barre where city officials parked a Department of Public Works dump truck on a manhole to keep it in place.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL101218Flooding2CMYK2.jpgA pickup truck passes through high water at the intersection of Barney and Ingham streets in Wilkes-Barre where city officials parked a Department of Public Works dump truck on a manhole to keep it in place. Ed Lewis | Times Leader
High school won’t reopen until Monday