Flood Waters Overflow Fast-Rising Creeks
Butler Township, Luzerne County-- About 20 people had to be rescued Wednesday morning from the fast-rising waters of Nescopeck Creek in Butler Township.
And some roads in that area remain closed due to the flooding.
Valley Regional Fire and Rescue crews set up something of a makeshift rescue center at Edgewood in the Pines Golf Course along Saint John's Road.
They had an extremely busy morning-- and with inches more rain predicted to be on the way-- the next several hours promise to be more of the same.
Butler Township supervisors issued an official evacuation notice at 9AM.
But by that point, crews from Valley Regional and surrounding departments had already rescued about 15 people in the Sleepy Hollow area.
And they were headed out to save a handful more in a development behind the golf course, isolated by the overflowing creek.
Valley Regional Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Tarapchak explained, "E.M.A. has made the call that anyone cut off, they don't have a choice, they have to come with us. It's very much a challenge though, getting to the people, just because of the fact of the swift water."
The rushing waters also overflowed Saint John's Road, something most who live here say they've never seen before.
And with more rain in the forecast for Wednesday night, it's a situation that has fears and frustrations mounting.
Brian Romancheck, who lives nearby, lamented, "I don't want to hear it. I wish it would go away, and the water table would go down. It's getting tiring, because right now we're totally isolated, blocked both ways, and it's going to be very hard to get around."
Back at Edgewood, water had covered much of the course and crept higher and higher toward the main buildings.
But the manager here, Bob Price, is confident better days are to come-- whenever all of this water finally decides to go away for good.
Price noted, "We have some bridges out there that are under water right now. w|We're going to have to rebuild those, clean up the course, and get the greens ready to go again. Hopefully, get open as soon as we can. It's not over for us-- when the snow flies-- that's when it's over."
Emergency management officials are urging the public to heed the township supervisors' directive and avoid the affected areas-- virtually all along Nescopeck Creek.
and again, Saint John's Road-- from Edgewood to Old Turnpike Road-- and Route 309 south of the Interstate 80 underpass, remain closed to all non-essential vehicles as of 11AM.