Flash Flooding in Schuylkill County

BARRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Flash flooding overnight is causing problems in Schuylkill County.

Reports are coming in that people have to be rescued from their homes, and roads are closed in the Pine Grove and Tremont areas.

Photos from a viewer show the flooding near Lavelle.

You can see water covering the road, and the creek coming out of its banks.

A line of showers and thunderstorms stuck over part of Schuylkill County for hours, causing plenty of problems in Pine Grove and Pine Grove Township.

Route 645 in Pine Grove Township was under Swatara Creek. Two drivers were unable to make it through. Neighbors tell us those people were rescued and are OK.

Mark Krause lives here and his home is an island.

"I opened up my iPhone and looked and seen everything was heading north," Krause.

Krause has been through this before. Nothing of real value is kept in his flood-prone basement.

What used to be backyards are now part of Swatara Creek.

This was a morning where you couldn't get there from here. Water covered roads. some tried their luck and made it through. Others didn't take any chances.

We met a stranded Mary Weatherholtz. She lives in Rock and tried to get to work in Harrisburg with no luck.

"They closed (Interstate) 81. They closed (Interstate) 78. So, the bus got turned around and he dropped me back off and I've been sitting in this lot ever since," Weatherholtz said.

Firefighters are also feeling the frustration. They spent their morning on water rescues. The chief at one of the fire companies in the borough of Pine Grove said too many to count.

"It doesn't get any easier. It gets more frustrating. People want to drive around it and residents get upset because people drive through and they're hitting their houses. It makes it tougher to get everybody around. It makes it tough for emergency personnel to get out and work," said Chief Dave Sattizehn, Pine Grove Hose, Hook, and Ladder.

No one was hurt.

Pine Grove and Pine Grove Township are getting help with long-term flood relief from Schuylkill County Emergency Management and surrounding communities. The people here say what they really need is some long term-help, and the state recently awarded three million dollars to help with that.

A flash flood warning has been issued for Schuylkill County.

For the latest on the forecast, click here.

Newswatch 16 has a crew on the way and will have updates as soon as possible.


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