Towns Clean Up After Last Week's Flooding

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Oct 14, 2013 3:08 PM

Homeowners in parts of central Pennsylvania are cleaning up after storms brought flooding to the region.

Residents in Dover Township in York County are trying to dry out their basements after the floods Thursday night and into Friday.
Crews are still assessing the damage from the storms, including inspections of buildings that may have been weakened by the water.
Laurel Oswalt, township manager, says it's wastewater treatment plant and some parks will need repairs.
She says the recovery could be extended.


"From my experience, it can take, depending on how bad the damages are, it can take 6 months to a year, depending on whether or not federal assistance is provided."

Oswalt said crews are still out looking for any other damage caused by the flooding.

"I'm not even close to being able to tell you what we may have incurred oursleves at this point. I don't think this storm will be as bad as the 2011 storm, but we're still assessing things, so we're not 1-hundred percent sure on that."

She said more residents were had learned how to handle water as it approached, after the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee caused widespread flooding in 2011.

"I think that they were a little more prepared for this one than the last time around, so I'd say there was a little more working together."

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Authority said most of the flooding was minor and no towns have requested assistance.

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