Aftermath of Flash Flooding in Schuylkill County

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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. -- Schuylkill County was one of the hardest hit places with water rushing down streets and into homes.

In Pottsville, Progress Avenue was covered with water on Monday. By Tuesday morning, the water receding leaving a muddy mess behind.

Pottsville's fire chief asked us to pass along this number 570-622-5900. That's the number to call if you live in the City of Pottsville and dealt with basement flooding.

Many neighbors in Tremont are expected to continue to clean up their yards and homes Tuesday morning. People living around Spring Street are dealing with yet another wet mess in just a few weeks.

Spring Creek spilled over its banks and into the first floor of many homes, wrecking furniture, carpet, and even some furnaces.

Flood waters are slowly receding here. For neighbors including John Giebler, this is the third time his family had to clean up their home because of flooding, and they just moved in about a month ago.

"I put everything I had into this home. Now, I'm broke. I lost everything, three cars during the first flood. Starting to recover, now this happened. This is worse than the first one," said Giebler.

Since more rain may be on the way and possible flooding, emergency crews in Tremont have been working to clear debris from the creeks near bridges.

At last check with emergency crews, no one was hurt. State officials are here checking out the damage. As you may remember, the governor was here surveying the damage during the last time flash flooding hit. Neighbors hope this is the last time.

"It's horrible and so many neighbors have much worse. And God bless them. I wish I could help them," Lisa Irving said.

But Irving has plenty to do on her own, like cleaning up a muddy mess.

"I don't even know what to do here. I said to my husband about shoveling it. I don't even know put grass seed over it?"

There is mud on the yard and mud in the basement after a nearby creek sent about six feet of water rushing into the Irving's home. The water was so powerful it bent a basement door and ruined many of the family's appliances and hot water heater. This marks the fourth flood at Lisa and Jamie Irving's home.

"Everything is totaled. luckily, there is a Mennonite crew coming to help us today to rip everything out," Jamie Irving said.

The sounds of pressure washers and street sweepers are already filling this Schuylkill County community. Everyone has the same mission in mind: trying to pull together to clean up Tremont.

In Gilberton, a large section of Main Street was under water Tuesday morning.

Neighbors say a combination of water runoff from nearby Route 924 and water from Mahanoy Creek caused the flooding, and the pumps in the borough just couldn't keep up.

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