Sunday's storm feels all too familiar to some Belle Valley residents

The Belle Valley Fire Department gets hit with last night's severe storms. 

Firefighters say several feet of water filled the station.  They've since been able to pump out the bulk of the water, but there's a lot of damage left, and they tell us this isn't the first time, either. 

Long-time firefighter, Ray Bauer, says the storms got the best of the Belle Valley Fire Department.  Bauer tells us, "They tapped us out... all available people come down... and by the time I got here it was already over my boots, up to my knees".  Bauer says the heavy rains cause the creek behind the station to overflow.

Around 200 people were playing bingo when that water spread to the property.  Erie Restoration Incorporated teamed up with volunteers to tackle the flooding. Carolyn Power, Owner of Erie Restoration Inc., says, "We were shocked. We were totally shocked and were trying to figure out, 'how are we going to be able to do this?'"

And besides all of the flooding within the fire department, many of these houses had water above the headlights.  Power says, "This is like deja vu... Which that was the storm of the century, well we're having another one three months later."  Power is referring to the Father's Day storm this past June. 

Bauer says the storm is all too familiar to him as well.  He tells us the Belle Valley Fire Department flooded with four feet of water back in 2009 and he doesn't know what they'll do if another storm of this magnitude passes through. "Our last time we had it, it was over 600 thousand dollars and we lost all the tables, all the chairs, all the kitchen, refrigerators." 

Firefighters say the damage shouldn't be as severe this time around but they're waiting on the jester to find out for sure.  And, while crews have a handle on the surface cleaning, they say getting back on their feet is a long process.  Bauer says the fire department is reaching out to the township and the state, seeking resources to better prepare the station for a severe storm.  He tells us volunteers drove some of the parked cars to the top of the hill to avoid any further water damage. 

And, last night's storm has forced a change in Belle Valley's polling location.  Anyone who was expected to vote at the Belle Valley Fire Department is asked to report to Belle Valley Elementary School on Henderson Road.  This would be voters in Millcreek Districts 1 and 21. 


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