TREMONT, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Heavy flash flooding damaged several communities early Monday morning in Schuylkill County.
The rain swelled the Swatara Creek in Tremont over its banks, flooding local streets. As of 9:45 a.m. the creek was cresting at12.77 feet, flood stage is nine feet.
Reports from the area show substantial damage, including waters undercutting the rear foundation of the American Legion Post in Tremont. Several cars were left stranded in the roadway, and search and rescue crews were called for multiple water rescues.
Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency Director John M. Matz says the hardest hit areas are the Pine Grove Borough, Pine Grove Township, Tremont Township, Porter Township, Frailey Township and Tremont Borough areas.
Nearby Pine Grove was also hit by flood waters, just a few weeks after another series of flash floods damaged the downtown area.
Residents are being temporaril sheltered at local fire stations and will be moved to the Pine Grove High School which has been set up as a regional shelter. He says the American Red Cross is sending an advance team to Pine Grove to assist with the sheltering.
Additional several roads are closed due to poor drainage These include SR 125 in north Pine Grove, SR 443 in south Pine Grove and east of Pine Grove Borough, SR 645 in teh area of Mexico Road & Molleystown Road.
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