Flash Flooding Hits Pottsville, Other Areas in Schuylkill County

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- It's another day of watching creeks and low-lying areas as more rain hammers our area. Several inches of rain is expected in some spots, including Schuylkill County.

The city of Pottsville declared a state of emergency, asking people to stay off the streets in the central business area of the city.

Heavy rain overnight and Monday morning soaked Pottsville, turning the city into a waterway.

"In my opinion in just looking at this, this looks higher and greater than what we normally see in the Schuylkill River. And this is Progress Avenue, a two-lane roadway," said James Reiley.

"It's really weird because I've never seen so much water in a city like this in my whole life," Howard Rioux said.

Flood water rushed down Progress Avenue in the city's downtown. In some spots, the water was nearly two feet high.

Some came out to survey the damage. Others lent a helping hand to those in need.

"Some woman had a little puppy and she was walking and her flip-flops and shoes came off. She was having so much trouble getting across," Davie Cipko said. "It was up to my knees, maybe a little bit higher."

As the floodwater recedes in downtown Pottsville, you can see the damage that's been left behind. Along the 400 and 500 blocks of Progress Avenue, the road has been ripped apart.

"Insane," Douglass Heuyett said. "I've seen cars with water up to the roof. I've seen people on kayaks downtown, people walking, kids swimming. It's just crazy out there right now."

"It's devastating," David White said. "You can't explain it. I'm at a loss for words. It's just so bad."

 

Some homes in the Port Carbon area were evacuated as water came up.

Rescue crews were out in rafts picking up people.

The road near the state prison in Schuylkill County was covered by water Monday morning.

People with basement flooding can call Pottsville Emergency Operations at 570-622-5900.

See the latest list of road closures here.

For latest weather forecast, click here.

Get real-time stream levels here.

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