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Covering flood damage has residents concerned

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 06:09 PM EDT

Reported By: Deven Clarke
Written By: Marc Stempka

RIDGWAY, Pa. -- As the flood waters begin to recede in Elk County, the thoughts of cleanup and the eventual damage expenses are starting to creep into the minds of those affected by Mother Nature.

Ridgway was one of the hardest hit areas of Elk County by the torrential rainfall that came down early Wednesday morning.

Resident Stephen Lawson said the flood waters were rising so quickly that he was afraid he and his family would need to evacuate their home, something they had to do early Wednesday afternoon.

Lawson lives on Baker Alley with his finance and two young boys, and were forced from the house as the water poured into their home and surrounded the first floor.

Lawson said he recently moved to the area from California and has been trying to get on his feet. His biggest worry now is how to cover damages caused by the flooding.

"The way the economy is, I was struggling before this flood happened," Lawson said. "So when we get back, it's gonna break us. I don't know what we're going to do, but life goes on I suppose."

Lawson said in the meantime, he'll and his family will be able to live with his mother who lives nearby. He said he's anxious to get back into his house to salvage what he can.

Covering flood damage has residents concerned


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