Western Pennsylvania awaits the next set of forecast rainstorms while starting recovery efforts from torrential rainstorms which pounded the region on Thursday. Especially hard hit were Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, where some communities saw more than six inches of rain.
Venango, Crawford, Clarion and Forest Counties were all under flood warnings at various times during the day Thursday, and Crawford County briefly saw a flash flood warning posted. But, most of the remnants of the storms existed as flooded rural roads, and a couple of downed trees which pulled down power lines and blocked two highways. Venango County’s highest rainfall total measured a little more than two inches.
In Clearfield County, though, all roads leading to the city of DuBois were, at one point, closed due to flooding. More than two dozen Clearfield County homes were evacuated, and about 50 residents were given shelter at DuBois High School and at the Sigel Civic Center in neighboring Jefferson County. The top rainfall may have occurred in Sykesville in southeastern Jefferson County, where the National Weather Service issued a mid-morning report of a damaged bridge, and where a federal highway, Route 119, was closed to traffic.
Visitors to Parker Dam and Clear Creek State Parks were evacuated. An early afternoon report of a breach at Parker Dam may have been overstated, but officials will inspect the structure, as they will do to numerous other dams and bridges.