Wednesday evening brought severe rain to Hazleton and Hazle Township after multiple days of heavy rain already soaked the area.
Mayor Jeff Cusat says Hazleton City Fire recieved 48 calls for flooded basements and even more calls for flooded roadways. "We worked extremely hard to answer the 48 calls for flooding plus the roadways."
The Mayor also says that the city suffered a lot of damage. "There was a lot of damage done to roads, public property, and private property. We are still fielding and returning calls from the storm." Some areas will continue to be closed to repairs he says, "Mill street between broad and cranberry will be closed for repairs."
The video above shows images and video taken by Hazleton News 1 and sent in by followers. Shown is where water burst from Mill Street, flooding Broad Street and filling a home's basement entirely up to the first floor. An image also shows a car being towed from a flooded roadway where travelers became trapped.
Hazleton City Fire, along with Mayor Cusat who is an active firefighter in the city, responded to multiple homes to assist in pumping water from basements. After the homes were finished around 3am, they used the pumps to clear Arthur Gardner near Poplar street which is shown in the video. The depth of water on Route 424 reached three feet in some areas.
Homeowners are suggested to contact their insurance companies to discuss any damage to private property. No timeframe is available for the repair of Mill Street.