WENY News - Shelter at Towanda Area Elementary Open for Flood Victims

Shelter at Towanda Area Elementary Open for Flood Victims

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BRADFORD COUNTY, PA (WENY) -- Yesterday the Twin Tiers was hit with a destructive first round of flooding leaving several homes and business damaged, along with trapping people to the point of requiring boat rescue in Troy Pennsylvania. Today was not any easier in Bradford County, where several emergency responders were on high alert in Monroeton and New Albany due to flood waters from the Towanda Creek, among other bodies of water. 

With a second day of flooding in parts of Bradford County, more people have been forced out of their homes due to the damage. To help out those with nowhere to go, the American Red Cross has set up a shelter in the Towanda Elementary School Gym.

There were only a couple people checking into the shelter earlier this afternoon, and the worry from the Red Cross is that not enough people know about it yet. The shelter is prepared to take in at least 40 people, providing them cots, blankets, emergency kit supplies, and in general some place to stay warm and dry. They will also be providing showers for those who choose to stay there, along with coffee and food in a large classroom across from the gym.

US Army Veteran and evacuee Raymond Chan said, "This morning when I went down to see what was going on the house, there was about three inches of water in my basement. I was very worried about how it was going to affect the electric and plumbing in the house. So, when Best Transit came to take me, I had to go down a 728 foot driveway that was downhill where the water was running like Niagara Falls."

It's very tough when you have to be forced out of your own home by mother nature, but all you can do sometimes is wait and hope you can return as soon as possible. Especially for those with animals still stuck at home, that you did not expect to be separated from.

Chan also added, "I am happy of the fact that I am here in the shelter, and that they are going to take care of me. I hope to be happy again though to go home and feed my puppies."

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