Shortly after 7am, the department responded to an investigation of an ice jam with flooding in the 600 block of York Ave. Upon arrival, it was obvious that Mill Creek was locked up with ice, and that water had come out of its banks. At the time, Litzy's Lounge was the only building impacted, with approximately 2ft of water in their basement. Avoca PD & Street Dept were on scene and already requested contractor to come and break up the ice. 112 units returned to service.
At 9am, the department was asked to respond back to the area, as flooding was rapidly worsening and homes in the area needed to have residents evacuated. With the assistance of Ambulance 512, one occupant was transported to a family members home in a nearby community. All utilities to the affected homes were shut down by the utility companies as the water was rapidly rising. Borough officials then brought Latona Trucking with their heavy equipment to take over hanlding the jam.
Just before 2pm, contractors broke up the jam and get water moving freely. Unfortunately, that movement didn't last long, as the ice jammed up again a short way downstream, causing the water to reverse its flow. The movement of water did cause some receding, allowing crews to begin entering homes and start the pumping process. Working alongside Avoca Stree dept, crews worked until 7:30pm removing water from the affected properties before heading back to the station to begin cleanup.
While we'd like to thank everyone individually, there are just too many to mention. We sincerely appreciate all the efforts from everyone to alleviate the problem, providing some relief to those affected.
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