SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The road to recovery after recent flooding is going to take months, if not years. In Susquehanna County, many roads are still not passable — while homes and even a community park were destroyed. Eyewitness News reporter Eric Deabill is in Great Bend Township with the story.
Two days after the flood waters went down, DuBois Street in Hallstead still looks like a war zone with trees and power lines down all over the place.
Abigail Roe was on vacation at the time of the flood and returned to a lot of destruction.
“When we got here the yard was just a mess, water all over, trees, rocks, power lines down. We have no power and no service” said Abigail Roe.
All of this damage was caused by DuBois Creek and the clean-up is so extensive it’s impacting people’s schedules.
“Two-a-days started for football this past week and this week so I’ve been missing practice to come and help clean up here” noted Adam Roe.
The flood waters also destroyed a community park, dedicated in honor of William Evans who died in Iraq in 2005.
“You’d go past here and there was always cars parked here and people were walking, walking the walking path” said Edward Eckenrod, American Legion Post 357
A lot of the park’s walking trail and fence are missing.
This park took nearly ten years to build but locals vow to bring it back.
“We’re definitely going to rebuild it. We can’t let it go!” noted Ken Wescott, American Legion Post 357
People in the Hallstead area say this is the third recent flood they’ve had since 2006 and that is three too many.
“There were a lot of trees that came down through here and once they block up these little bridges, it’s a real problem” said George Eddleston,
“The weather, you take what you get and we’re still here anyway!” added Erving Ross