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Thursday, 06 August 2020 21:08

Slatington, PA, Clean-Up Efforts Needed Following Storm Damage

Written by Dominic Barone, BRC TV 13 News

Hurricane Isasias wreaked havoc on Slatington, PA. Homes were damaged and some people had to be evacuated.

Some buildings had a couple inches of water inside. News 13's Dominic Barone joined us live from Slatington at a business that's been without power for 24 hours.

 

Crews are on scene at factory street installing a new utility pole which fell into Trout Creek yesterday---taking with it all the wiring and electrical meters from the side of Buzzy's Autobody Shop.

 

The workers here tell us all the damage happened so fast, and everything was very loud.

 

"Just sounded like a bunch of fireworks, but 10 times worse. It was crazy, man. It like boom, boom, boom, boom, non-stop," sad Kory Rabenold of Buzzy's.

 

Rabenold said not only were they were dealing with an insane amount of water, but no power. Their Dumpster ended up floating down the creek and the wiring on top of the pole sparked a blast before falling.

 

"Sounded like an explosion happened," Rabenold said. "Then all of a sudden the telephone pole fell down. And before you know it we lost power and it just kept on sparking and carrying on."

 

The 7th Street Village apartments on Scout House Road, also next to Trout Creek, took an incredible amount of damage. Fencing was completely ripped down, and all the residents from Building A had to be evacuated as the first floors took on a couple inches of water.

 

Crews were in the homes drying it out and replacing wet drywall. Lydia Beltran says the water came through the back door in the blink of an eye.

 

"The water is coming out. Like you close your eyes, you open, it's coming faster," Beltran said, "In 15 [minutes] or half an hour it's a lot of water around."

 

The Slatington Fire Department was busy last night. They were dispatched 21 times. Fire Chief Jason Nicholas tells us their crews started at 9:30 in the morning, and didn't finish until 1 a.m. the next day.

 

We thank BRC 13 TV News for reprint permission. 

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