Flooding Strikes Western Pa. – Sykesville Bridge Fails, Dam Breach Forces Evacuations

June 27, 2013
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Torrential rains struck western Pennsylvania on Thursday morning leading to flooding, and even a damaged bridge.

The National Weather Service reported around noon on Thursday that as much as four inches of rain had fallen on southern Jefferson County, and that a bridge in Sykesville Borough had collapsed.  Officials immediately upgraded the county’s flood warning to a flash flood warning.  Other officials were dealing with a problem connected with a dam in Parker Dam State Park, which was reportedly leading to the evacuations of many residents between Clearfield and DuBois.  Closed highways included U.S. Route 119 near Sykesville, State Route 28 just south of Brookville, and State Routes 255, 536 and 310.  Also, State Route 36 was restricted to one lane because of ponding water between Coolspring and Markton in Jefferson County.

As of early Thursday afternoon, a flood warning remained in effect for Crawford County.  Officials there had, at one time, warned of flash flooding.  Portions of Route 102, Park Avenue and Market and Water Streets in Meadville were closed Thursday morning.

The earliest warning of the day was issued for Erie County, where flooding was reported shortly after daybreak in the Edinboro area and in some places just outside the city of Erie.

By 8:33 AM, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh had issued a flood warning for Venango County after the county’s Emergency Management Agency had reported that several roadways in Sugarcreek Borough had flooded.  In under a half-hour, the flood warning had been extended to include Clarion and Forest Counties.

By early Thursday afternoon, Venango, Clarion and Forest counties stood under a flood watch.

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