Dundaff Street reopening delayed

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DICKSON CITY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Big news for a community in Lackawanna County already hit hard by last week’s flooding. Their road to normal just got pushed back.

And more rain on Sunday just added salt into the wound.

This rain brings more headaches for people still dealing with flood damage from Tuesday night’s storm. Dundaff Street will take longer than expected to reopen.

As the rain fell on Sunday, Ryan O’Boyle’s basement started flooding again. His home on Lincoln Street is one of many in the neighborhood that were damaged by the flood last week.

“Even though we cleaned everything out its still filling up slowly. We have to keep emptying it out and draining it out. It’s terrible,” O’Boyle of Dickson City said.

Heavy rain Tuesday night into Wednesday morning flooded the underground creek that runs below the neighborhood.

“It runs into our sewers that are over here by the church. It fills up in there, that’s where it was coming out. The water was flowing in front of the church out of the sewer drains down Dundaff and it flooded all our roads,” O’Boyle said.

Flood waters came rushing out of people’s toilets and erupted out of the ground. Water lifted parts of Dundaff Street not far from O’Boyle’s house. Sunday, PennDot officials said the road will remain closed until further notice and they don’t know when it will be fixed.

The borough is planning to assess the culvert and determine the next steps. As neighbors assess damage to their homes, many will have to pay to replace water heaters, washers/dryers etc. out of pocket since they’re not in a flood zone.

“The furnace, which is probably the most expensive, that’s destroyed. We can’t even reuse that. We have to use other sources of heat. We didn’t have water until yesterday. My dad had to go buy his own water heater and put it in himself. We still won’t have a washer or dryer until probably next week,” O’Boyle said.

Neighbors are also worried about mold. Some plan to bring their concerns to the council at the next meeting Tuesday night.

Neighbors have been helping each other deal with the damage, checking on elderly residents to make sure they have what they need. Eyewitness News also saw people collecting donations to help with the cost.

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