Mandatory evacuation of several Wilkes-Barre streets

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Mayor Brown has issued a state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation for several Wilkes-Barre streets Wednesday night.

The following streets between Solomon Creek and Horton need to find shelter:

  • Waller
  • Barney
  • Regent
  • South Franklin

A shelter has been set up at G.A.R. Memorial High School on S. Grant Street for residents evacuating.

Residents can bring their pets, but they must be in a carrier or crate.

Eyewitness News spoke to one resident whose home and property are located right next to the creek.

“This is pretty bad now it’s starting to go over the road inside the walls of the creek. This is pretty bad. The rain usually lets up by this point but it’s not,” Barney Street resident Jane Kwiatkowski said.

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, the Solomon Creek is still within its banks and the flood walls but city officials and residents are watching it very closely.

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