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Ridgway Fire Department assisting with flooded basements

Updated: Thursday, May 22 2014, 01:14 PM EDT

By: Marc Stempka

RIDGWAY, Pa. -- Dozens of homes in Elk County suffered water damage from Wednesday's flooding, with many receiving inches or feet of water that now needs to be pumped away.

The Ridgway Fire Department is willing to assist community residents with pumping the water out of their homes, but the waiting list is lengthy.

Ridgway Fire Chief Scott Pontious said crews were scattered throughout the town Thursday morning, but there are a couple of hundred properties already on the pumping detail list.

"Right now we have to prioritize. We have crews down at St. Leo's on Allenhurst [Avenue], they're starting in that section." Pontious said. "I have guys down in the West End. We're just doing what we can as fast as we can do it."

Ridgway homeowners are asked to call the fire hall directly to get on the pumping list, Pontious said. The number is 814-772-8085.

Ridgway Fire Department assisting with flooded basements

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