Port Carbon Hit by Latest Flash Flooding, Two Rescued from Mill Creek

PORT CARBON, Pa. -- Mill Creek in Port Carbon overflowed Monday and that made quite a mess in the downtown area.

Borough officials say more than 200 homes have flooding. Most of the damage we saw was in the basement, but some homes have water to the first floor.

People are pumping water out of their homes in Port Carbon after heavy rain caused flooding in this part of Schuylkill County.

Joe Chaklos lives right by Mill Creek. It overflowed sending lots of water onto Washington Street.

"This is probably one of the biggest ones I have seen. We were out here this morning and we were up to our waist in water. It came over, you can see the water line up there," Chaklos said.

Scott Krater is the head of emergency management in Port Carbon. He says once the rain started, flooding didn't take long.

Shelters have been set up for those who were forced out of their homes.

"We have some evacuees at borough hall and Red Cross is coming in, Salvation Army has been in and we are getting them food and seeing about accommodations, and basically, we go door to door and see what we can find," Krater explained.

County officials say more than 200 homes have flooding damage. Most of these homes have water in the basement but in some, water reached the first floor.

"It came up to the first floor. It's a mess. Yeah, it's going to be a long cleanup," Pat Thomas said.

Joshua Keller says his vehicles were destroyed by the flooding. His house is also damaged.

"Honestly, it looked like a river all the way to the back of my house. The back of the house, you can actually see a line on how far it went by the windows there. Our back room here was filled with water," Keller said.

A water rescue during the heavy rain also kept emergency crews busy this morning after two boys fell into Mill Creek while trying to grab a football.

Brandon McNulty helped pull the boys to safety.

"From behind us, we heard someone screaming, 'Help me! Help me!' We turned around and came over this side of the bridge and there was two younger kids like drowning in the water and an adult was following behind them but he couldn't catch up to them because the water was so heavy," McNulty said.

Borough officials say the boys fell into the water near the post office while chasing after a football.

Both were taken to the hospital but are expected to be OK.

"They were very fortunate. A gentleman jumped in after them and he went under as well, but they were able to get them out," Krater said.

"That boy, the little boy just struggled to stay up. He went under the bridge and he didn't come out on the other side right away either," Barry Schwenk said. "About 30 second it took him to get out onto the other side."

"I was tearing up a little bit because it's scary and in my eyes I was like if I don't grab this kid, I don't know what is going to happen. I wasn't even thinking about me, I was just trying to get him out," McNulty said.

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7 comments

  • navybluesweatpants

    Woke up this morning telling mom to make me my popt tarts and frosted wheat cuz I wanna go roaming. Went out the door and right into the water. Lost my velcroes and when the firemen pulled me out my sweats were falling off.

    • skookamania

      I seen borough workers dressed like ninja turtles trying to unclog drains that were clogged by yuengling courts and empty 30 packs of Schlitz for the last for 50 years. The worker i seen here was dressed like Donatello but had on a camo hat on. This guy had a real cute face as well. Mullet and odd molester stache. I love this area. smart people.

      • navybluesweatpants

        They’re cute 4 sure. If you or anyone sees my velco shows please let me know. Also, I think I lost my coupon for one cheese sammy in Pottsville. Haven’t seen it since I was presenting myself to the reporter on main street

      • skookamania

        im in the same boat navy blue, my ma bears hat got washed down the back alley. Its drying out for now. could be a good day for street roaming, facebook posting and catching up on some youth sports.

  • skookamania

    Some drains in this beautiful county haven’t been unclogged since 1976 , that sure dont help. I put me on some stained jean shorts with my winter boots, and a mahanoy area t shirt ; completed my wardrobe with a soiled eagles dinky and im ready to rock and roll!

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