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Neighbors Help Neighbors Following Flooding in Benton Township

Our Team Coverage of the August flooding continues now in Benton Township.

   Eyewitness News Reporter Morgan Parrish spent the day in the community that has been hit hard by rising waters.   

 "Our basement, our education wing is just completely destroyed we're going to have to gut that and redo that." Explained Pastor Matthew Versteraeten, Benton United Methodist Church

 Benton United Methodist Church is just one of many buildings where rising waters have poured in.

    "She got about four and a half foot of water in her garage about 18 inches of water in the first floor of her house." Thomas Counterman told us about his sister’s house,

 If you happened to be in Benton on Tuesday, then you noticed multiple flooded basements, toppled trees and garages that have been swept away. Unfortunately, there's not much that can be done.

  "You just start and cleanup. That's all you can do,"  Offered Allen Kocher of Kocher’s Tree Service who was helping with the cleanup. 

 "It's heartbreaking it's overwhelming it's stressful." Noted Pastor Vetsteraeten

   "The problem is people have their furnaces and their washer machines and unfortunately most of the time even if they have flood insurance, it's not covered." Said Rick Flinn, Director of PEMA​​​​​​​

Members of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management agencies tell Eyewitness News that at first Columbia County was in response mode...and now, they're in recovery mode.

 

  "You're seeing people obviously bunking out their house cleaning out their stuff trying to wonder where to turn." Noted Flinn

 

 Fortunately, many residents have come together to lend a helping hand.

 

 Columbia County Commissioner Chris Young,  said "Neighbor helping neighbor and the fire companies and the police and PennDOT, Everybody coming out and doing their part."

  Members of PEMA  area they're handing pamphlets to people, which tells them how to deal with the aftermath of flooding.  


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