Water run-off from heavy rain causes problems in Laceyville


LACEYVILLE, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Monday night’s storm brought heavy rain to the northern tier causing roads to close and the clean-up process to begin Tuesday. A Wyoming County community known for flooding is no different.

Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of the northern tier Tuesday morning into the afternoon. Water run-off caused quite the problem in the borough. Route 6 was closed for most of the morning Tuesday. The scenic fall of water coming off the mountain flooded the highway below.

Laceyville saw similar problems when Route 6 flooded. The borough, which sits below the road, is notorious for taking the brunt of the storm.

Winston Hollister heard the storm coming from his Main Street home Monday night into Tuesday. He says when he looked out his window, water was flowing over the road near his home.

“They build it up across so the water does not go all the way down the blacktop,” Hollister said.

They being borough councilman Randy Brigham. He uses his own backhoe to build a barrier so homes don’t get flooded.

Recently the borough dismantled its police department to redirect funds towards flood mitigation and other parts of the borough.

“Just responding to the emergencies and we’re lacking equipment. Seriously lacking equipment here,” Brigham said.

Brigham owns a lot in the borough for his chicken barbeque business. He rents out spots for RVs. Delbert Phillips is from Louisiana and is working in the area and parks his camper there. On the backside of his RV, a small but impactful mudslide inches from damaging his coach.

“The hillside completely washed out and it filled up about a foot and half under my camper and now it’s practically laying on the ground,” Phillips said.

A local gas station on Route 6 was flooded. Employees had to sweep the water out of the store. 

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