OAKDALE, Pa. (KDKA) – Oakdale was hit hard by Ida’s remains when Robinson Run Creek spilled from its shores.
Early Wednesday morning, residents say there was 4 feet of water on the street after North Branch Robinson Run and Robinson Run creeks overflowed onto Noblestown Road and Clinton Avenue. It left a lot of mud and debris, but firefighters from the Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department responded quickly.
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When KDKA arrived at the scene on Wednesday, firefighters were in ankle-deep water cleaning the storm sewers to lower water levels.
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He came after spending the day helping residents and businesses try to clean up and get back on their feet. Several shops and stores were flooded and the owners and workers were busy trying to rid them of the water and mud.
Houses up and down Noblestown Road were also flooded and people put their sump pumps on overdrive. Michelle Franchek’s basement, side yard and back yard were completely underwater. Things weren’t as bad as the flooding caused by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but people say Ida has come close.
“I actually have sump pumps in the basement. I have three pumps running and I still have one foot of water, ”she said. “That kind of a rival with the 2004 flood that we went through and I was hoping it would never happen again.”
“Clean up the mud from the streets, help homeowners clear out their basements and clean up our fire station, it was also flooded,” Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Hartman said.
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Many residents rallied with local firefighters to help clean up when the flood waters receded. People grabbed shovels and went to work at businesses that suffered flood damage.
“Third generation company, this is the third time in 17 years that we have experienced this. But it’s something you have to manage, ”said Ron Watters, owner of Ron Watters Automotive. “Once the water started to get on the street, it didn’t take long, it started to get into buildings and between mud and stuff, 20 inches of water can do a lot of damage. “
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“There is about 8 feet of water in the basement. So we lost the boiler, the hot water tanks, and then we had some damage to the ground here, ”said Jeremy Kleemook, owner of a building housing Studio Elle and apartments.
This poor, frightened raccoon is exhausted after escaping flooding in the Oakdale borough. It’s on Clinton Avenue. Firefighters, businesses and residents clean up here and on Noblestown Road. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/SsLEgwx3Ie
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People weren’t the only ones affected. A frightened raccoon escaped floodwaters early Wednesday morning and remained on the last step outside Erie Insurance on Clinton Avenue all day.
“It looked like a lake,” said Thomas Taraba, who has lived in Oakdale for 30 years.
Oakdale Borough posted on their Facebook page: “The waters have calmed down and your community needs you! If you wish and are available, please come to the fire hall to help our residents and businesses get rid of today’s events.
Business owners said all of this help will help businesses and residents bounce back the way they always do.
“Everyone was very helpful, the fire fighters, whatever you need, they are there to help,” Kleemook said.
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No injuries were reported.