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Storm floods basements, knocks down trees around region

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2013 05:11:06 PM CST

Mother nature left her mark all across the region.

Mother nature left her mark all across the region.

Wednesday night's heavy winds and torrential rain closed roads and caused some nasty flooding. 

Water was gushing into the street outside Alex Soto's home in Pottstown, Montgomery Co. Soto spent Thursday pumping out 4.5 feet of water in his basement. Sofas, power tools and a new staircase were all damaged.

"Every time we have a bad rain storm, the creek overflows or whatever the case may be, it just floods out," said Soto.

Berks Fire Water Restorations Inc. had crews out all across the area cleaning up mother nature's fury. The sump pump inside an Exeter Twp., Berks Co., home failed, and left about three inches of water in the basement.

Crews pulled off baseboards, ripped up floors and replaced wet insulation and drywall.

"A lot of people woke up this morning, went down to check their basement and got the surprise of a lifetime," said Anthony Kuhn, with Berks Fire Water Restorations Inc.

It wasn't just basements that flooded. Riverfront Park in Pottstown looked more like a lake. Trails, park benches and trash cans were all in the water.

Flooding closed Route 625 in Cumru Township. It reopened after PennDOT crews cleared out catch basins.

The fierce storm also forced officials to close the intersection at Adams and Mervine streets, which borders Lower Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown. An old steel pipe collapsed, creating a sinkhole on the side of the road, said officials.

Caution tape was set up and workers inspected the hole that measured about six feet wide by eight feet deep.

"We're just keeping an eye on it to make sure the weight of the sinkhole doesn't cause any damage to the water main," said Scott Winter, water distribution supervisor with the borough of Pottstown.

Winds were still whipping Thursday. As crews worked around the clock, homeowners were hoping to get back to normal.