Bouncing back after flash flooding in Susquehanna County

By Jillian Marshall

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM EST

Susquehanna County, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Several inches of rain fell in a matter of hours Thursday night in Susquehanna County, leading to flash flooding, road closures and even the request for water rescues by area departments. On Friday, it was all about the cleanup.

Up to six inches of rain was dumped on parts of Susquehanna County in about three hours Thursday night, which left a detrimental wake-up to residents in the west central area of the county.

The Susquehanna County Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Johnson said the storm came across the area and stalled dumping water on the 267 corridor from the state line to Lawton.

One of the hardest hit areas was Carmalt Road. Flooding of the Choconut Creek water shed caused major flash flooding down most of the creek, including the Carmalt Road bridge, which is currently closed.

Johnson said this flash flooding was a unique situation, because they only had to do one water rescue from a vehicle, nobody lost their lives and there was no flooding up into the first floor of homes.

"On the other side though, it ranks very high. We don't often have flash flooding events of this magnitude in the county that happen as quickly as this one happened last night. While it was a concentrated area, that's a large mileage area of the 267 corridor that was affected," Johnson said.

Another hard hit area is also off of 267, Lake Timberline campground.

"In a matter of 10 minutes it was like a hurricane, the wind and the rain. It blew so hard it came up on our deck and we never have rain up on our deck and probably by 9 o'clock everything was underwater," said Sandy Chauncey, a summer resident at the campground.

While the sun was out over Timberline Campground on Friday, it shined on all of the damage, like dislodged docks, missing boats and broken bridges.

"We've got some heavy equipment coming in to repair a road that we lost, so we're just picking things up and trying to move ahead," said manager of the Lake Timberline campground Ray Welch.

Welch said the campground will be repaired throughout the fall and ready for next summer.

As for Susquehanna County, teams were out all day and will be out through the weekend to fix damaged roads and remove debris.

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