- Ridgway fire ruled accidental
- Arson suspect gets federal prison on gun charges
- Woman who lives to help others receives surprise home makeover
- St. Mary’s to implement school alert system
- Names released in fiery St. Mary’s crash
- Fiery crash in St. Mary’s kills one person, injures another
- Coroner called to fiery truck crash
- Suspect identified in check forgeries
- Police looking for check forgery suspect
- Johnsonburg man responsible for check forgeries
- Power outage shuts down 911 service in Elk County
- Ridgway finds success in co-op with former rival Johnsonburg
- Candlelight vigil being held for missing Ridgway marine
- Friends of missing Ridgway Marine still hopeful
- Police said 9-year-old made prank call reporting killing at high school
- Pickup truck rolls over, goes through a house
- Man shoots bartender, kills self in Elk Co.
- Man kills himself after shooting bartender multiple times
- St. Marys plant to face fine in deadly explosion
- 4 charged in alleged bath salts ring in Elk Co.
- Groundbreaking set on Kinzua Viaduct center
- LIFT working to help others through ramp donations
- Elk Co. man convicted in 'leftover' pot trial
- Hundreds of shoppers check out the 100-mile yard sale
- 6 local airports receiving funding
- Truck crashes within feet of house in Elk Co.
- Elk Co. man arrested for stabbing man, leading officers on chase
- Man dies after car crashes into tree
- Elk Co. gas leak fixed in several hours
- Ridgway pool to reopen in time for holiday weekend
- Elk Co. high rise residents could return home sooner
- September trial for woman in crash that killed 6
- Woman laid off in Elk Co., pursues dream
- Crash in Elk Co. sends two to hospital
- Retirees help with Ridgway carnival ground rebuilding
- Children in Elk Co. learn how fun reading can be
- Elk County to get fed disaster help for flooding
- Elk Co. flood damage assessments continue
- Red Cross service center changing locations in Elk Co.
- Flood recovery continues in Elk Co.
- Help for flooding victims can be found at Ridgway Fire Hall
- Officials called to a water rescue in Elk Co.
- Federal officials, local representatives reviewing Elk Co. flood impact
- ATA helps seniors impacted by flooding
- Ridgway businesses cleaning up, working to reopen quickly
- Residents relying on each other for help in flood recovery
- Ridgway Fire Department assisting with flooded basements
- State officials surveying Elk Co. flood damage
- Recovery begins in Elk County after massive flooding
- Ridgway businesses begin to clean up after flood
- People rescued from severe flooding in Elk County
- Residents forced to evacuate homes as flood water rise
- Ridgway officials already planning to prevent next flood
- Covering flood damage has residents concerned
- More than 100 people evacuated in Elk Co. flooding
- Residents shocked by flooding in Elk Co.
- Major flooding in Elk County
- Flooding reported in Elk County
- Boy expected to recover after being hit by SUV
- Police investigating theft of cemetery vases
- Former Elk Co. humane society volunteer sentenced
- Child struck by vehicle in Elk Co.
- Several area schools score high on state performance profile
- Elk Co. YMCA to expand pool, enabling handicap access
- Fire destroys Elk County home
- Elk Co. home damaged in blaze
- School left to repair damages caused by burglars
- Police investigating burglary at Elk Co. school
- Elk Co. company blames human error of deadly blast
- PIAA plan would limit athletics at charter schools
- Drivers to see traffic delays in Elk Co.
- Fire in Elk Co. destroys barn Saturday
- Elk Co. roadway reopens after crash
- Four injured in Elk Co. crash
- Elk Co. man arrested on child porn charges
- Students learn dance to raise money for playground
Elk Co. flood damage assessments continue
Updated: Tuesday, May 27 2014, 06:28 PM EDT
Reported By: Deven Clarke
Written By: Marc Stempka
RIDGWAY, Pa. -- State leaders were in Elk County Tuesday for a sky-high view of the flood damage in several communities, and to continue to work with residents who were affected by last week's severe flooding.
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, state Sen. Joe Scarnati and others toured businesses and homes in Ridgway, which was the community worst-hit by Wednesday's flooding when the Clarion River rose well above flood stage.
Cawley flew in to Ridgway by helicopter, allowing him to get a bird's-eye view of the destruction.
As the town continues to work to clean up, the damage assessments continue because those will determine how much aid, if any, could be made available for those affected by the flood waters.
"That's why we're here today, to understand what exactly did happen and how we can bring the resources of the commonwealth to bear in order to help these folks get back to a normal life," Cawley said.
Cawley and those touring the damage visited Noel Feronti's home. Feronti has lived on Penn Avenue in Ridgway for nearly 50 years and suffered severe flood damage in his home’s basement and first floor.
"There was hardly anything we could save. I've got some stuff lying around here," Feronti said. "I've got some stuff lying around here that I’m going to try and salvage. I don't know if I can or not."
Scarnati said Feronti's story is like so many others in that area, and are why state leaders would like to help ease the financial burden of rebuilding.
"Clearly I think we need to be doing more and allocating some money in the state budget for these communities," Scarnati said.
Cawley said flooding will never be able to be stopped, but being prepared and ready to provide assistance is important.
"You can perhaps minimize the effect, but not going to necessarily be able to prohibit, but when Mother Nature wants to let you know who's boss, she has a very unique way of doing it," Cawley said.
Cawley said he will also be in touch with the Army Corps of Engineers to determine what, if any, role the East Branch Dam up river from the flooded communities may have had.