Storm Damages Home; Takes Down Trees, Wires in Lackawanna County

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SCRANTON -- All Sunday morning, crews were cutting fallen trees and repairing wires near Lake Scranton.

Officials with Pennsylvania American Water say the walking trail around Lake Scranton will be closed until further notice because of all the debris from Saturday's storm.

Pennsylvania American Water says its Nesbitt Water Treatment plant on Aston Mountain Road off Route 502 was damaged.


Nesbitt Water Treatment Plant on Aston Mountain Road. Photo credit: Pennsylvania American Water

Photos from a viewer show trees down along Aston Mountain Road in Springbrook Township near Moosic. Many homes are without power.

Steve and Cindy Smith of Dunmore heard a loud noise during the storm, only to find a tree, which stood in their backyard for a half century, crashed down on their home.

"I said something is not right because you saw the tree and then you didn't see the tree, so when I looked out and there is all this, I knew we had a mess," Steve Smith said.

Their trampoline was blown across the street to the parking lot of the Dunmore Animal Hospital.

"To see all this mess and everything that happened and all the hard work that we did is very heartbreaking," Cindy Smith said.

At Montage Mountain Ski Resort in Scranton, the cardboard box derby scheduled for Sunday was postponed after winds snapped utility poles, knocking out power to the resort.

"We are looking to come back strong. We have an event this weekend. We will have our groomers out this weekend and hopefully have some trails open," said Jeff Slivinski, director of marketing.

Montage Mountain expects to be up and running by Friday. The cardboard sled race is rescheduled for March 4.

For Cindy and Steve Smith, they're insured and will need to have the tree removed and rebuild what once was.

"This stuff can be repaired. It can be replaced. We can't replace each other. We just have to pick up and keep on going," Steve Smith said.

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