State addressing flooding concerns in Luzerne County


AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It was a day to look for answers and provide solutions to the ongoing flooding and ice jam problems in a Luzerne County community. Parts of Avoca have been hard hit by flooding in the Mill Creek Canal area.

On Friday, state environmental officials came to the area to inspect the canal and give an update on their plans to stop the flooding.

“The next phase will be raising the York Avenue Bridge, modifying the existing canal in this area to improve the hydraulic performance,” Doug Hill with the DEP said.

The canal flood control area was built by the state 10 years ago, but residents say it has never worked properly. State Representative Mike Carroll reassured residents that a solution is in the works.

“We have a plan going forward with the DEP to prevent at least minimize and hopefully prevent future flooding. It is mulitfaceted, we have a Penndot bridge involved, we have down stream issues involved. We have exiasting channel that is not performing properly,” Carroll explained.

The DEP says the upgrades to the Mill Creek Canal will take about 18 months, but flooding should be reduced as those modifications are being made. The work will cost about $1.5 million.

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