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Storm Causes Flooding Thursday Night

Frightening scenarios unfolded during last night's storms in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.
Frightening scenarios unfolded during last night's storms in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

Twelve hours after the rain, Choconut Creek in Susquehanna County is still struggling to stay within its banks.

"This was horrible," said Don Zaleski of Choconut.

The rain started at 6 p.m. on Thursday, and after a couple of hours, about five inches of rain gathered on the ground, trapping Don Zaleski and his wife Stacy in their home.

"We were on the porch and tried to make an escape, but we couldn't. The water was just rushing at least 4 feet over her coming down the road and in between the houses. We had absolutely no way to get out of here," said Zaleski.

Hurley Creek and the larger Choconut Creek both swelled, inundating homes with water.

"All of a sudden we heard the inside walls let go and it went right through the garage...busted right through the walls and it went out the back of the house, there's a hole in the back of the house," said Zaleski.

Zaleski spent Friday morning assessing the damage. Water flooded his truck and his yard is wiped out.

"I got a 500 gallon propane tank that just went sailing, so if anybody finds it, I'll take it," he said.

Nearby, people have have never had water in their homes found their floors flooded.

"There was literally a river going through the backyard, it got closer to the home and we got about 4 inches of water in our entire downstairs," said Greg Clouthier of Choconut.

A trailer park was evacuated.

"All my skirting in my trailer is gone, gardens are all gone everything we had planted is just wiped out," said Bill Golden of Choconut.

Now, it's time to clean up the damage after a terrifying night of storms.

Meanwhile in Tioga County last night, the sheriff's office says an inadvertent message was sent to Richford area telephones through its dispatch center's reverse 911 system telling people to evacuate.

There was not a need to do so and residents were then told they did not have to.

Emergency officials were and are monitoring the Valley View Pond dam to make sure it doesn't flood.
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