Heavy rains cause flooding on Scranton streets

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Kane Street and Pittston Avenue in Scranton became overrun with rainwater.

At least one car was inundated. The heavy rain is proving to be a problem for more than just motorists.

“The drain that goes down Pittston Avenue, for whatever reason, it gets filled with rocks and silt and it blocks up. When that happens, this is the result. We get more water than we should and our basements get flooded,” Pittston Avenue resident Frank Alu said.

While the flash flooding sent debris onto the road, it actually buckled part of Pittston Avenue at Genet Street near Southside Laundromat.

Some other communities are cleaning up after drenching downpours caused quite a mess. PennDOT workers were called to Oak Street near Stauffer Industrial Park Road in Taylor after flash flooding made the street impassible to traffic.

The road had to be shut down as heavy machinery was brought in to help clear some of the debris. People who live in the area had to take an alternate route to get to their homes. Locals tell us they weren’t expecting the flash flooding.

“I wanted to come check out the creek. Usually it’s just a trickle, it flows into the Lackawanna River right down here, and I can’t believe that it’s overflowing to the bridge here,” Robert Kobilinski of Moosic said.

Oak Street was still blocked off as crews continued to work. It’s unknown when the road will reopen with more rain in the forecast.

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