BENTON TOWNSHIP, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Neighbors could not believe how fast the water rose in parts of Benton Township. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has the details.
Firefighters used boats to help rescue people in the Benton area as torrential rain caused Fishing Creek to swell out of its banks.
“It’s unbelievable. Our dogs are trapped. Everybody’s in canoes trying to save people” Said Jed Miller
Main Street was underwater.
Business owner Dave Stemrich walked through waist-deep water to check on his property.
He later rode out of the flood waters in the front bucket of a payloader.
“Our basements are completely full of water. The stores are good though. The store, we’ve had a little bit of water on the first floor but we’ll clean up and be ready to open on Thursday” said Dave Stemrich,
When Amanda Hottenstein left for work Monday morning, flooding wasn’t even on her mind.
Now it is.
“I’m just worried about my basement, my house and my neighbors” she told us.
People in this part of Columbia County say the flood waters came up within minutes and were merciless.
“It came up fast. We’ve had the ground saturated and this morning we had five inches plus. I have a gauge in there” noted Edward Cole.
While the flood waters are now starting to go down, the damage left behind will be immense.
“It’s terrible. It’s a small town. There’s not many people. How many houses are going to be ruined? It’s just unreal!” added Daryn Hell.