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Oil Region Recovering From Wednesday Rains, Flooding, Road Closures

June 26, 2014

Of all the communities hit hard by nearly four inches of rain and subsequent flooding on Wednesday, the worst may have been Titusville.

Combine road closings, a damaged sewer line and a ruptured natural gas line and you find only a fraction of the many problems.  Add to them the headaches faced by many residents in assessing property damage, replacing fencing and culverts, and simply drying things out.

At one point Wednesday morning, there was basically only one travel route open between Titusville and Oil City.  The flooding of Church Run has resulted in extensive damage in Titusville, as well.

Meanwhile, evacuations of residents near flooded creeks were reported in Sugarcreek, Kaneville and Rouseville.

Among the busier highways which were closed Wednesday morning but have since been reopened were Routes 8, 27, 62 and 38 and one of four flooded portions of Route 666.

Route 173 in southeastern Crawford County is closed to through traffic north of Route 322, from the intersection of 173 and 322 to Route 27 in Randolph Township.

Route 227 remains closed in Forest County between Pineville Road and Route 127.  Route 666 remained closed to traffic between Route 62 and German Hill Road, between Branch Bridge Road and Mayburg Road and from Kiffer Hill Road to Yellow Hammer Road.

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