Flooding creek in Jenkins Township causes damage to streets and homes


PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Flash flooding impacted several homes in Jenkins Township last night. Township supervisors say four homes on Main Street had several feet of water in their basements.

This block of main st is positioned downhill from a creek and just several hundred yards uphill from the Susquehanna River. So when the storm drains get overwhelmed, all the residents can do is hope for the best.

John Yashkus says around 11 p.m. Sunday night he woke up to neighbors banging on his door telling him to hurry and move his car.

“We’re like, okay why and I walked down because I got home around 7:30 and there was nothing, we were parked. We came out and we were knee-deep in water, I felt like a motorboat trying to get out here,” said Yashkus.

Flash floods hit the 1400 block of Main Street in Jenkins Township when the torrential downpour overwhelmed a creek up the hill.

Floodwaters came rushing down toward the homes, just as Joann Tinney and her husband were coming home from work. Before they knew it, their van was being swept downhill.

“I opened up the door, which was really hard, and the water started gushing in and I closed the door and then I stood there waiting for my husband to come after me so I wouldn’t fall because it was chest-deep,” explain Tinney.

The parking lot behind Yashkus and Tinney’s homes turned into a lake. There were still several feet of water Monday afternoon as neighbors pumped water out of their basements.

Crews with the township pumped water out of the storm drain across the street, trying to clear any debris from the pipes.

“With the river being as high as it is, all these storms drain back up they can’t flow properly so until the river recedes, it’s hard to get rid of the water and clear everything up,” said Joseph Semyon, from Semyon Excavating.

“With that all backed up, the creek across the street actually came straight through the yards here and that’s how this all filled up,” stated Yashkus.

The possibility of more rain leaves the block vulnerable to further damage.

“I mean I guess we’re just a sitting duck. We kind of just have to wait and see what’s going to happen,” said Yashkus.

While the water on the street has receded you can see the parking lot here is still flooded.

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