WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Torrential rain causing all kinds of problems across the region today…Wilkes-Barre was especially hard hit.
Street and basements flooded. And a high school forced to close. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story.
It was an unexpected early dismissal for more than 500 students and staff at Holy Redeemer High School you could say Mother Nature called it an early day.
“They told us to go to the gymnasium to wait like an hour” Liv Kaluzny, Holy Redeemer Student told Eyewitness News.
“I saw some puddles in the cafeteria everyone was really excited they wanted to get out early, excited and started screaming to leave. They made an announcement to move to cafeteria move to gymnasium that was that ” added Addy Bielski, Holy Redeemer Student.
The fire department assisted at the scen .and quickly determined what caused the flooding in the school.
“There was an issue with street level flooding on South Pennsylvania Avenue and it blocked traffic. That caused an issue the sanitary sewage system to back up in the school into the basement,” Explained Chief Jay Delaney, Wilkes-Barre Fire Department.
A large water vacuum truck was brought in to clean out the storm sewers near the school……this in the hopes that it might just help prevent similar future flooding if more heavy rains pound the city.
School officials’ decision say they were not taking any chances and sent the students home. Parents lined up around the block to pick up their kids.
“I think it’s a good precaution for the school to dismiss the kids just because you don’t know what can happen electrically. Anything can go wrong.” Said Sandy Kaluzny, parent.
The school will re-open on Monday.
Noon Update: Heavy rain is drenching the area right now leading to flash flooding in parts of our region.
You can see water rapidly flowing down Scott Street in Wilkes-Barre.
The rain is just too much for the storm drains — as water is ponding in the middle of intersections.
Drivers should avoid any roads covered with water.
The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick was outside of Holy Redemer High School in Wilkes-Barre where students were being evacuated due to flooding problems.
. 500 students were sent home early. Heavy rains to blame so says the Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief.