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Residents forced to evacuate homes as flood water rise

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 06:49 PM EDT

Reported By: Deven Clarke
Written By: Marc Stempka

RIDGWAY, Pa. -- People living in homes and businesses throughout Elk County were forced to evacuate after the Clarion River and other waterways overflowed their banks in Ridgway and surrounding areas.

As the water surrounded buildings Wednesday, even those living in high rise apartments, like the Dan Dickinson Apartments, had to evacuate for their safety.

No everyone evacuated their apartments, but Sharon Dulski, who uses a walker for assistance, thought about staying behind, but is glad she heeded the warning and left when she could.

"They had to shut down the elevator and everything," Dulski said. "They had to turn the electricity off because the transformer blew, so there’s no lights over there."

Dulski was one of the 125 people Elk County emergency management officials said were evacuated in the Ridgway area as flood waters raged through the streets.

Dulski said she was glad she left her building, or she would have been stuck there. She will be staying at the Ridgway Fire Hall, which has been set up as a shelter.

The shelter will remain open through the evening for anyone in need of assistance.

Residents forced to evacuate homes as flood water rise

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