Armstrong, Westmoreland Counties Cleaning Up After Flash Flooding
APOLLO (KDKA) — Curtis Woods is cleaning up after flash flooding dumped more than three feet of water in his North 11th Street basement in Apollo on Wednesday.
“We got a lot of water, a lot of water,” said Woods. “It’s just washer and dryers and appliances; you know obviously whatever was in the basement on the floor, it’s a mess down there.”
Outside, the force of the water pushed a bridge that once spanned the creek into his neighbor’s yard, landscaping once used for photos was destroyed in a flash.
“It was beautiful. It was a perfect garden setting with flowers and such. Now it’s just a disaster,” Woods said.
Nearby, residents shoveled gravel from their yard and waited for an insurance adjuster to check out their car which was swept several feet by the force of the water.
In North Apollo, carpet had to be torn out of a flooded house.
“I’m pulling the staples out of the floor now that the little pieces are in and I’ve got to put some bleach on the floor to keep it fairly sanitary to get it dried out,” said Bill Hollis.
NewsChopper 2 flew over Washington Township on Wednesday as water surrounded homes in the Meadows mobile home park. On Thursday, people who live there were clearing away a tree that was uprooted and blocked a creek.
“Just a loud crash like lightning striking something and then timber falling,” said MaryEllen Emerick.
Emerick and her husband had to be carried from their home on ambulance beds because of the high water.
But they were back, just hours later, cleaning out their waterlogged shed and surveying the aftermath of the storm.