Some roads reopen as DuBois, nearby locations, begin flood recovery



Water receded in some areas overnight and main thoroughfares have reopened in DuBois, Clearfield County, emergency officials said today.

Clearfield and Jefferson counties declared disaster emergencies after about 6 inches of rain fell by 3 p.m. Thursday, leaving as much as 4 feet of water on some streets and forcing the closure of all roads going into DuBois.

Between 7 and 8 inches of rain fell in some parts of Jefferson County, Department of Emergency Services director Tracy W. Zents said at a press conference this morning.

"Right now, we're getting out of the response mode, and into the recovery mode," Mr. Zents said.

Joseph Bigar, Clearfield County Department of Emergency Management coordinator, said a family of five was taken to the DuBois Regional Medical Center with carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator inside their home.

In Jefferson County, one man is expected to make a full recovery after suffering an electric shock, Mr. Zents said.

Water rescues in Reynoldsville, a borough in Jefferson County, continued into this morning, the last one around 8 or 9 a.m.

An initial damage assessment in that county surveyed 99 buildings and found 41 with minor damage, 10 with major damage and a single one destroyed, Mr. Zents said.

Damage assessments are ongoing in Jefferson County and will start today in Clearfield County.

Nearly 170 residents stayed Thursday night in two Red Cross shelters at DuBois High School and Sigel Community Center in Sigel, Jefferson County.

Red Cross emergency response vehicles will canvass the affected areas in both counties to distribute relief supplies, food, snacks, water and other support this morning.

But as towns begin the cleanup, forecasters are monitoring another storm that could cause heavy showers and has the potential to wash out those efforts.

Barry Lambert of the National Weather Service in State College said meteorologists are monitoring another "strong disturbance" from the Great Lakes that could move through the region today -- although not as widespread and slow-moving as Thursday's storm.

Officials in Jefferson County also said a few people have jumped off bridges or tested their kayaking skills on the street because "they think it's cool," Mr. Zents said, noting the perils of debris and bacteria in the water.

They, and those who crossed emergency barricades, have been arrested, he said.

"Anytime somebody does that it puts emergency responders at risk," he said of the latter offenders.

Boat teams from nearby communities responded to the several square miles that have flooded, with about 600 workers aiding in the effort, Mr. Bigar said Thursday night.

Some roads won't reopen until the state can inspect bridges, he said.

The Associated Press reported that in Centre County, emergency officials said a home partially collapsed near Pine Grove Mills when flooding damaged its foundation. Residents escaped with minor injuries. In State College, eight apartments in the Marvin Gardens had to be evacuated and some street flooding had occurred.

As of 9 a.m., PennDOT reported the following road updates:

• Route 322 in Jefferson County is open to normal traffic in Reynoldsville Borough between Water Street and First Street as of 8:30 a.m.

• Route 2015 (Fordham Road) is now closed in Perry Township between Miller Road and Number Eight Road.

These roads remain closed in Jefferson County:

• Route 3003 (Mt. Pleasant Road) between Route 28 and Sheep Farm Road in Clover Township

• Route 36 in Bell Township between Route 2009 (Rikers Road) and Rossiter Road

• Route 950 in Winslow Township between Gospel Church Road and Pancoast Road

• Route 2009 (Rikers Road) in Bell Township between Route 36 and Route 119

• Route 2008 (Berry Creek) in Stump Creek between Route 119 and Buggy Road in Henderson Township. This road re-closed to inspect the bridge

• Route 2010 (Sportman Dam Road) in Winslow Township from Route 310 to Blose Hill Road. This road re-closed to inspect the bridge

• Route 2012 (Sykesville/Troutville Road) in Henderson Township between Route 119 and the Clearfield County line. This road re-closed to inspect the bridge

• Route 1015 (Beechtree Road) in both direction between Route 830 and Route 1008 (Rattlesnake Road) in Washington Township

• Route 119 in both directions in Henderson Township between Rock Dump Road and Sykesville/Troutville Road

• A lane restriction is in place on Route 36 between Harriger Enterprise Road and River Road in Oliver Township. Two lanes are open

• Closure near the intersection of Route 119 and Route 410 in Henderson Township due to water over the bridge

• The local bridge at Route 1019 (Old Grade Road) in Washington Township is closed

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede. First Published June 28, 2013 12:00 PM


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