Some forced to abandon vehicles during flash flooding

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(WBRE/WYOU) — Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties saw dangerous flash flooding Sunday night. Many cars became stuck, some were even carried away.

Eyewitness News spoke with a man who turned around just in time and a woman who nearly drowned.

Just before nine, Sunday night, Scranton resident Andrew Mahler says, he was driving home from the grocery store in Scranton when flash flooding on Boulevard Avenue forced him to turn around.

But other drivers were already in too deep to turn back. Mahler says he watched a man climb on top of his flooded car to call for help.

“It flooded from the service station here to the battery store. There were two vehicles on one side and it looked like another vehicle a little further away. And one gentleman was standing on top of his grey car there,” Mahler said. “Fire department came, they walked across, they were guiding themselves with a large pole into the water to make sure there were no open manholes. They helped him down and then they walked back across.”

Mahler was able to see the water and stop before it was too late. Joann Tinney from Jenkins Township wasn’t as lucky.

Tinney and her husband were driving home from work through the heavy rains. A little after midnight, they pulled into the road behind their home in Jenkins Township and couldn’t see the flash flooding ahead.

“When it hit the water, it took us all the way over there! So we had to hurry up, get out of the car and the water went into the van,” said Tinney. “…The car was floating away and it shut off everything,”

Tinney was scared she was going to drown. She says she managed to push the van door open and get to safety.

“It came up to here on me, pants got wet, shoes got wet. I was going for a swim if I didn’t hold my husband’s hand.”

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