POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — As communities try to rebuild after devastating back to back floods this month, heavy rain puts them right back at square one.
Streets flooded in downtown Pottsville Friday morning and early afternoon. It happened very quickly… Starting around 11 a.m. and wrapping up around 2 p.m. During the heavy downpour – chaos – as people waded through water and trying to drive around closed roads.
“Mother nature is taking her toll on the city and other areas of the county,” said Fire Chief Jim Misstishin.
Flooded basements made it a busy day for firefighters, as they broke out the pumps yet again. At Wheel on Market Street there was about 10 inches of water in the basement.
“We’re still in recovery mode from the last time,” said Misstishin.
The Pottsville free public library had a restoration crew in just 24 hours ago, working to clean up the last flood.
“Flooded the basements which flooded the elevator pit… It’s the third time in two months,” said Jean Towle, exec. director Pottsville Free Library.
The library lost books, shelves, and flooring.
“Very big hardship for us because it’s a lot of money we’re losing. Every time the elevator goes down, it’s 10-thousand dollars to repair it. It’s at least 25-thousand dollars every time it floods,” said Towle.
And she says insurance doesn’t cover it.
“We don’t have the money and I don’t know where the money is going to come from,” said Towle.
Other areas in Schuylkill County hit hard by today’s heavy rain, including Port Carbon, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Haven and Tremont.