Duryea Flood Control Plan Update

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A meeting is scheduled for Thursday night to talk flood control in a community hit hard by the September flooding.

Duryea already has a levee system, but it wasn't enough to protect that part of Luzerne County.

State officials are holding Thursday night's meeting to discuss the chances of fixing that flood wall.

There is still plenty of work underway inside homes in Duryea that were swamped back in September.

Many of those who live here would like to see work started on the levee system there, especially the spots where water came pouring into this community back in September.

They are going to the meeting hoping to hear that's coming soon.

"That should have been taken care of years ago. I hope now with FEMA saying it could be done that it is done because we don't need another flood like we had this time," said flood victim Gertrude Yachna. She and her sister hope to move back into their home in a week or so, but as the final fixes are underway at her house, Yachna wants better protection to keep the place from flooding again. "It's been a long haul and we can't wait to get back in our home."

Duryea and its flood wall sit along the Lackawanna River. That didn't flood, but the Lackawanna flows into the Susquehanna River. With that so high, the Lackawanna just backed up and poured over the flood wall. People there want protection so that never happens again.

"Obviously that didn't work and everything came this way and it's just really hard. I think they should fix the wall and make it so it doesn't flood again," said flood victim Jerika Carter.

The main trouble spots are at the end of Lackawanna Avenue and near the cemetery along the river.

That is what Thursday's meeting is about.

State lawmakers and DEP are going to update people about a possible solution to that part of the levee they hope to make within two years.

After going through a flood unlike any this community has seen, some wonder if any fix will work.

"You can't stop water, water has its own way and own mind and water will go whatever way it wants to go," said Johanna Yachna.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Duryea Borough Building. Newswatch 16 will be there.