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Elk County Flooding Damage

May 23, 2014
RIDGWAY (AP) Officials with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and their federal counterparts were expected to visit Elk County to determine whether flash flood damage is bad enough to warrant government disaster relief.

The west-central Pennsylvania county, and the town of Ridgway in particular, were hard hit by a series of thunderstorms that quickly dropped an estimated four to five inches of rain Wednesday morning.

Flooding was also reported in Huston and Jay Townships.

Several businesses, including an auto parts store and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ridgway were damaged. A Catholic grade school and a senior citizens' high-rise in Ridgway were evacuated, as was a grade school in Huston Township.

Emergency crews had to use boats to reach people trapped in their homes by the rapidly rising waters.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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