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Flood recovery continues in Elk Co.
Updated: Monday, May 26 2014, 09:26 AM EDT
By: Lauren Hensley
RIDGWAY, Pa.-- Damage assessment and clean-up efforts are continuing in Elk County after Wednesday's strong storms brought heavy rain, causing the Clarion River to flood. But the community is defining resiliency, as the recovery effort is underway.
Congressman Glenn Thompson was joined by members of the Federal and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agencies, FEMA and PEMA, to take a look at the damage left behind by Wednesday night's flood. But according to these visitors, what's most impressive is how the community is moving forward.
"You look at the force of the water and what it did inside of these businesses and inside of these homes, it is just complete and utter devastation," Rep. Glenn "G.T." Thompson, (R) 5th District said.
"The neighbors from that house are power washing my house," flood victim Linda Zimmerman, said.
6News crews saw neighbors helping neighbors, a community business donating pizza and delivering the pizzas door-to-door to the victims and there was an outpouring of support from local nonprofits. As of Saturday, there has been no disaster declaration made by FEMA, but borough officials hope this tour might showcase why this declaration is needed.
"The way it is going to help as I understand it, it is going to give the ability for the citizens or smaller business owners to get loans that are very low interest rate," Kim Zimmerman, borough manager said