Beaver dam causing concern


CARBONDALE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Beavers are being beavers in one part of Lackawanna County, but their day-to-day life has borough leaders on edge.

Mayfield officials located a dam in Carbondale Township after a more than ten foot section broke back in April. It filled the Powderly Creek in the borough which led them to find the dam. They’re now concerned it will break way even more and flood homes and the borough. 

Mayfield’s Emergency Management Agency reached out ot the Pennsylvania Game Commission for a solution. 

EMA says the Commission gave them permission to brake the dam as it poses a threat the community.

“We could put a five foot hole in it or a two foot hole in it and an hour later it could be a fifty or sixty foot hole. We would like them to come up and look at it,” said Jim Perry, Coordinator for the EMA. 

“You can see the significant problem it can cause if that whole thing would give way at the same time,” said Mayor Alexander Chelik of Mayfield. 

Mayfield Borough sent a letter to Carbondale Township to notify them about the dangers that could come from the dam. 

The borough that could come from the dam. The borough’s EMA says the best way would be to relocate the beavers and let the water drain naturally. 

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