Youngsville Suffers Worst Flood Since 1913

Warren County Area Damage

YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. - Youngsville Borough Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Rose says, "The rain started early Thursday morning.  First calls were probably mid-morning, by afternoon we knew we had a problem."

Brokenstraw Creek in Youngsville overflows and the water climbs seven feet as the fifty foot wide creek nearly triples in volume Thursday resulting in the worst flood the town has seen since 1913.
 
Rose says, "We haven't seen water like this ever. We're still pumping basements at this time.  We still have a lot of people without some power and some gas services."
 
Responders received 32 calls for pumping water out of basements, along with multiple fire and ems calls.  The average number of basement flooding calls for the town in a year is four.
 
Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Vern Edmisten says, "By the time I got home from work, it was very shocking to see the weather that we had down here."
 
Between 50 and 75 volunteers between the Youngsville, Starbrick, Garland, Sugar grove and North Warren have logged over four hundred man hours since the early stages of flooding.
 
Edmisten says, "It just looked like it turned the whole town into a big lake.  The middle of town was just like a big lake."
 
Among the filled up basements dealing with gas leaks and electrical concerns, the Youngsville Branch Fellowship Church.
 
Pastor Josh Baker says, "These folks helping us pump our basement here today have been doing it for the last two days almost straight off and on, so you can tell that they're exhausted and tired and it's really a sacrifice."
 
Rose says, "If we would have met that crest we would have had some major flooding in town.  It stopped when it needed to stop."

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