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Hospital offering free tetanus shots to residents cleaning up after flooding

MAHANOY PLANE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — As Gilberton residents continue to deal with flood clean up, a local hospital is stepping up to help the cleaning crews do it safely.

From 1 to 4 p.m., Lehigh Valley Schuylkill was stationed at American Hose Company administering free tetanus shots to people cleaning up from the flooding that struck Gilberton last week.

“I just think it’s safe. The water was filthy this time,” said Gilberton resident Josetta Galetz.

What’s next for flooded Gilberton

GILBERTON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Streets and homes in Schuylkill County remain under water after last week’s heavy rainfall interfered with a bridge construction project.

Monday night, a glimpse of hope from borough leaders in Gilberton as they try to help homeowners under water.

“But not like this. This is unbelievable. I’ve never seen water like this,” Ed Dawe of Gilberton said.

Residents are furious and speaking up after several days have passed and their homes are still under water due to last week’s flooding.

Gilberton continues to face floodwater issues

GILBERTON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU – TV) — The borough of Gilberton is far from finished dealing with heavy rain that fell last Thursday.

A meeting is underway Monday at Continental Hose Company in Gilberton to discuss what caused the flooding and how officials are handling it.

Ed Dawe’s basement flooded after the rain and while it has since receded, the 82-year-old is now dealing with the damage. He blames recent road construction for all the problems.

Churches prepare to welcome parishioners

FRACKVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — As counties across northeastern Pennsylvania prepare to transition into the green phase, houses of worship look to welcome the community back in.

Holy Ascension Russian Othodox Church in Frackville will hold its first in-person Mass since the pandemic. But while they are looking forward to welcoming worshipers regularly, changes mean Mass will have a different look.

Flood damage cleanup continues in Gilberton

GILBERTON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some houses in Gilberton are still under water after a rainstorm on Thursday caused the borough to flood. The community is working to bring the water levels down.

The people of Gilberton are still shocked at the damage to their homes after just three inches of rain last week. Edward Dawe has lived in Gilberton for 60 years.

“Oh I’ve had flooding before but not like this. Not like this. This is beyond scope,” Dawe said.

One injured in Kline Township rollover

KLINE TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A one-car crash closed a busy highway Saturday night.

It happened just before 8 p.m. in Kline Township along Mile Hill Road. An unidentified driver traveling alone crashed down an embankment and became trapped in the wreckage.

The driver suffered unknown injuries and was later flown to a hospital. Emergency crews had to shut down Route 309 near the scene, which reopened approximately 10:10 p.m.

Main Street in Gilberton remains under water, but water receding

GILBERTON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some good news Saturday night in a flooded Schuylkill County community — the water is receding.

That wasn’t the case since early Thursday morning when Main Street in Gilberton began taking on water. It followed a drenching rain which overwhelmed drainage pipes. Some blame the problem on a bridge construction project at Route 924.

Rising water, concern in flooding borough

GILBERTON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Two days and a Schuylkill County borough is still falling under flood waters.

Pumps are working overtime and more are on the way, but Gilberton Borough is quickly coming to a breaking point.

“This is devastating. This is devastating to Gilberton,” said Patti Daley, Supervisor of Disaster Services, Schuylkill County American Red Cross.

There seems to be no end to draining rising flood waters in Gilberton. Residents and officials are holding onto whatever hope is left.

Flooding causes road closures in Gilberton

GILBERTON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Streets and homes are currently underwater after there was an issue with a bridge construction project combined with last night’s heavy rainfall. Around Main Street in Gilberton, flood waters continue to surround several homes in this area.

We spoke to the mayor and locals about what exactly happened.

Mary Lou Hannon, Mayor of Gilberton, says, “It reminds me of 2006, however, we didn’t get 17 inches of rain, we only got 3 inches last night.”

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