Hallstead Neighbors Seek Shelter

By Brennan Smith

September 8, 2011 Updated Sep 8, 2011 at 11:50 PM EDT

Hallstead, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Neighbors in Susquehanna County seek shelter after entire neighborhoods wash away.

"In our trailer park, all it is is water," said Marissa Sharer from Hallstead.

Everyone from that trailer park is here at Blue Ridge Elementary School where the American Red Cross is assisting flood victims.

Last night, the National Guard got them out of their neighborhood and into safety before floods carried their homes away.

"We don't even know what's going on with the trailers or what they even look like because we haven't been able to get down there and look. From what pictures have shown through different people, they're pretty much washed up," said Mindi Goodwin from Hallstead.

This is the second time in one week that neighbors have had to be evacuated.

"If you're with this family, you're always going to have fun," said Dustin Burdick from Hallstead.

"We never have a dull moment. We've got to make fun out of it. We can't just sit around and be bummed out and worry about everything," said Melissa Sharer from Hallstead.

Families who didn't have to evacuate their homes, or lose them to the flood, are working together to fight flood waters.

"We put the stuff in that shed and we bring it up in the yard," said Landen from Hallstead.

Landen lives along route 11 near Hallstead.

His backyard is gone, and his basement is full of four feet of water, but his family is better off than the rest of Hallstead across the bridge that is closed to vehicle traffic.

"Hallstead is a disaster area. That's putting it mildly. Pretty much any place you want to go for food or gas is gone. And we heard from neighbors and family relatives that they might not even reopen. So we will have to travel to get things now."

They will be traveling carefully, around closed and flooded out roads until the water subsides.

The American Red Cross says its shelter at Blue Ridge Elementary will be open until it is no longer needed.