Collapsed road causes commute problems for Wayne County residents

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BERLIN TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In the northern tier, flood waters ended up washing out a section of a main road in Berlin Township during Tuesday night’s storm.

It’s leaving some neighbors still stranded Thursday night. It’s not only dangerous, but it’s a disruption to day-to-day life.

“I probably shouldn’t be doing it but it’s the only way for me to get home so what are you gonna do,” Brian Wilken asks.

Briefcase in hand, vice president of Honesdale National Bank Brian Wilken steps on chunks of broken road and climbs across the creek to get home from work for the second day in a row.

“All this was road a couple of days ago. Now it’s not. But I’m going to make it home,” Wilken said.

Tuesday night, heavy rain flooded the creek along Brook Road in Berlin Township. Fast-moving water overwhelmed a culvert and collapsed the road. The storm also washed out Wilken’s driveway, so taking a detour isn’t an option because their cars are stuck.

“Our driveway was gone and this was all water. So we drove around back and walked down through the woods and got back to the house,” Wilken said.

Across the street, Annmarie Olver was also stranded the morning after the storm.

“I looked out the window and I saw a lot of water down here by the bridge that I have to cross to get to this main road and I could see that it was blocked with a lot of debris,” Olver said.

Floodwaters carried the culvert in pieces about 50 yards down stream. Neighbors were still cleaning up debris Thursday evening.

The road is a major artery in the community. The damage is disrupting commutes and school bus routes for a lot of people.

The section of road is closed until PennDOT can repair it. Neighbors hope that happens soon.

“It’s inconvenient for a few days, but we’ll make it work,” Wilken said.

It’s safe to say climbing across a creek in your suit to get to work is a little more than inconvenient. The latest update from PennDOT says this section of state route 1005 should reopen on Monday.

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