Flash Flooding in Bradford County

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NEW ALBANY, Pa. -- Folks in Bradford County are dealing with flash flooding and washed out roads after rain Thursday night and Friday morning.

That flash flooding closed Route 220 for a time and left some spots under water.

Emergency officials who are closely monitoring Ladds Creek and others in Bradford County. They are not expecting the rain to stop anytime soon and are on standby should this creek, or any others, flood again.

Emergency officials in Bradford County woke up to calls about flash flooding in the region.

EMA coordinator Sarah Neely says heavy rain in the morning caused many creeks in the county to spill over their banks.

Neely says this round of rain has hit especially hard in New Albany where the community library and some homes found feet of water inside.

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"We're more in the mountain part of the county so all that water runs downhill, and we get flash flooding, landslides, mudslides, that sort of thing, you know. We have a couple of bridges that are out right now," Neely said.

Emergency officials in Bradford County said a bridge on Fawcett Avenue right behind the New Albany Community Library was just repaired from previous flood damage and now will have to be repaired again.

"I couldn't believe it," said new Albany resident Skip Dunn. "it was hard to believe so much water all of a sudden 'cause it was just quick and it come just like that."

Other areas including Laceyville in Wyoming County and New Era in Bradford County are also seeing road closures and flooding due to creeks and streams overflowing their banks.

County officials warn to be cautious while driving in these areas.

"Be smart. I know sometimes people will push the envelope on that and we want to remind them that you may be willing to take that chance but if something happens, it's our first-responders who are going to go out there and try to help you, and we want them to think about that before they make a bad decision," said Bradford County Commissioner Ed Bustin.

Workers in the New Albany Community Library said they had about two feet of water inside their facility from a nearby overflowing creek.

Pictures taken by Candy Williams show flooding along Route 220 in New Albany. Her father lives next to the library. The home and the library both sit along Ladds Creek which overflowed its banks.

"I was on my way to work, it was around 8:30 and I always look at my dad's house and I could see his truck was practically underwater, so I called him quick and I said, 'do you realize you're getting flooded?'" Williams said.

Williams's father Dale Hatch has lived there for years and says this bout of flooding is particularly bad.

"We've been flooded before, not this bad though. This is the worst that we've had it," said Hatch.

Hatch lives next to the New Albany Community Library, which is now closed because of the flood damage.

"Five minutes time, everything was gone. Four feet of water in here just that quick," Hatch said.

Library volunteers say the rushing water was so powerful it knocked books right off the shelves.

"Once they get wet, you can't do anything with them. I don't know how many hundred books we threw away before when they had the flood in 2011 because it was up in there higher then, so they're just lost that's all," Dunn said.

"Water runs downhill, we're downhill from New York which is where the rain's hit before. So, with all of our saturation and all of the rivers flowing down this way, that water rises really, really quickly and can put your life in danger really quick," said Neely.

Some spots along Route 6 in Wyoming County were also affected by flash flooding.

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