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Johnsonburg flooding worst in recent memory
Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 06:25 PM EDT
Reported By: Erin Calandra
Written By: Marc Stempka
JOHNSONBURG, Pa. -- The flooding throughout Elk County is something residents are still trying to wrap their minds around, but some residents said Wednesday's floods were some of the worst in recent memory.
One area that went underwater as the Clarion River rose above its banks was Johnsonburg. The water started to fill the streets of town around mid-morning after hours of early-morning heavy rainfall.
Some residents recall the flooding in 2010 but said that flooding was nothing compared to what was seen Wednesday.
As the high water poured into the streets, the calls went out for rescue assistance, with many of those calls being for people who drove through flooded roadways and became stranded.
Johnsonburg Fire Department Lt. Jody Bowley said one woman was stranded in her vehicle as the water came up around it. She needed to be rescued by firefighters.
"That car was an elderly lady. She went, you see the cones down there, she went through the cones," Bowley said. "[She] ended up being stranded in her car to where we had to make a water rescue out of that car."
Officials said she was checked by first responders and will be okay.
Elsewhere in Johnsonburg, firefighters were assisting residents with pumping water from their flooded basements.
Most roadways in the Johnsonburg area Wednesday evening were reopened, but some remained closed and will be so until the waters recede.