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Friday, September 9, 2011
A soaked Cooper Hawk perches on a guide rail on SR309 in Snyders.

It only took 20 minutes Thursday morning for a flash flood to paralyze parts of West Penn Township.

Water levels of both Lizard and Mahoning Creek and other connected waterways rose about three feet, causing major flooding and limiting travelways throughout West Penn and Mahanoy Townships for most of the day.

"I've never seen anything like this, it happened so fast." said Ingrid Debellas, of 1904 West Penn Pike (SR309).

Both Lizard and Mahoning Creeks overflowed their banks and closed most intersecting roads.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ingrid Debellas of 1904 West Penn Pike (SR309) receives help from firefighters and neighbors as she uses a bucket to remove water from her flooded basement. Ingrid, who has lived at that address with her husband, Donald, since the 1970's said, "She had never seen anything this bad," pointing out that this is worse than when Hurricane Agnes hit in 1972.

Friday, September 9, 2011
Scott Rehrig, vice president of Lehighton Borough Council, receives an update on the rising water of the Mahoning Creek. The borough built a dam along the bank of the creek to prevent flooding of the borough building.

Lehighton Mayor Donald Rehrig called a "State of Emergency" in Lehighton after high water forced closure of several roads in the Borough of Lehighton, said Grant Hunsicker, council president.

Both Hunsicker and Scott Rehrig, vice president, were at the Lehighton borough building watching as floodwaters rose in the afternoon.

A borough worker used stockpiled materials to build a small levee around the Mahoning Creek in an attempt to prevent the building from flooding.

"This is the worst we've seen it in a long time," said Hunsicker.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Mauch Chunk Chamber of Commerce is inviting public subscriptions for a machine shop and foundry as proposed by Rev. E. F. Brown. A total of $30,000 is required to finance the project. If every citizen in the inter-boroughs will subscribe from one to five or more shares at $20 each, the money will be raise. A need of such industry is imperative and a supreme effort should be made by every citizen to subscribe for one or more shares. Call at your bank and subscribe for as many shares as you desire to take.

Friday, September 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Brittany Romig, Tamaqua, shelters her newborn baby, Carmine Evans, from heavy rain Thursday morning in downtown Tamaqua.

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Country Club Road in Mahoning township was closed after the waters of the Mahoning Creek flooded nearby fields and cascaded over the roadway.

Friday, September 9, 2011

"A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes. " – Gotthold Lessing, German dramatist-critic (1729-1781)

Friday, September 9, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Heavy runoff from nearby fields and the raging waters of the Mahoning Creek inundated St. Peter's Road in West Penn Township with several feet of water forcing officials to close the roadway.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Penn Kidder Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Blue Mountain Moments are sponsoring a business card exchange/mixer/ funraiser at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 13 at Whispering Pines catering hall, Route 903, Penn Forest Township at the Penn Forest No. 1 fire company. The event is open to all business owners, and is free of charge. The speaker is Dina Tulli-Davis of Jumpspark Creative Group, who will give a brief talk on "How to Be an Effective Guerrilla Marketer in Today's Economy"

There will be a door prize. Bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Lansford councilman faces charges of receiving stolen property after allegedly buying two firearms that had been taken in a burglary in the borough.

Andrew M. Snyder, 43, of 28 Cortright St., was charged on Sept. 1 by state police at Lehighton where he had been stationed as a state trooper with two counts of receiving stolen property and firearm ownership-duty of other persons. He was released on $2,000 unsecured bail.