Road Closures Could Last For Months


BRADFORD COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)   The flooding from earlier this week continues to impact residents in Bradford County.  Many roads in the area will not be open for weeks, maybe months.  Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has the details.

 Overton Road in New Albany is a mess..

After flash flooding earlier this week, about half of the road is now sitting in a neighboring creek.

PennDOT expects this road to be closed through the end of October and while road closure signs and even barriers have been put up, many drivers are ignoring them.

“Eventually someone will wind up falling through these bridges,” said New Albany Mayor Daniel Dunham.

Mayor Daniel Dunham urges people to stay off closed roads.

“You can see the damage on top but it’s what is under the surface that you can’t see that people don’t realize,” said Mayor Dunham.

Route 220, the main road between Monroeton and Dushore, sustained a lot of damage.

With parts of it closed, drivers will be inconvenienced.

“So many people that aren’t from the area don’t know another route to go through so they’re just going around signs and traveling Route 220” said Mayor Dunham.

County commissioner Daryl Miller says rebuilding not only state roads but local roads, will be a slow process.

He says two-thirds of Bradford County felt some effect from this multi-week rain event.“It will be a months-long, if not longer, the process for townships, municipalities and the state to recover from this, to rebuild the infrastructure, the road infrastructure that’s been destroyed” said Commissioner Daryl Miller, (R) Bradford County.

As for a total damage cost in Bradford County, it is still too early to Really even speculate.

“Easily tens, if not more, millions of dollars in damage, easily!” noted Commissioner Miller 

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