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Short Downpour Leads To Days Of Clean-Up In Scott Township

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SCOTT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Scott Township may have gotten it the worst.

Roads were closed Saturday night and water filled the basements of several houses.

The storm water system found itself overwhelmed by the heavy rain.

Sunday, those homeowners were trying to save as much as they could.

Marilyn Mance has walked through the same mud and debris several times. She and her husband own a commercial building along Bower Hill Road in Scott Township.

She says the water system can’t handle downpours like the one Saturday night.

“We’re not the only ones, there’s other people up on the hillside – that whole housing plan up behind us, they’re all flooded yesterday, 5 feet of water in their basement,” She said.

They just finished waterproofing the walls and renovating the interior. Now they have to do it all over again.

“You can see how the water – there was so much of it, it caused erosion, a big hole … and it damaged he wall and everything here,” said Frank Mance.

The township estimates about 20 other residential properties were flooded, not just with water. Some homes had over a foot of sewage in their basements.

“We have three young kids, and ourselves obviously, and a dog and so we want to protect everybody so we don’t get sick from sewage,” said Megan Sexton.

“We gotta pull everything out of our basement, our garage,” said Adam Johnston. “We got to take everything out, bleach it, wash it and we’re watching – trying to make sure we can get everything to work again – washer, dryer, hot water tank.”

Days of clean-up after a soaking downpour that lasted less than an hour.

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