Flood leaves tons of debris on Logan property

Water rose as high as 24 inches in spots

Rick Shaw of Heather Avenue in Lakemont didn’t so much mind the rocks and dirt among 20 tons of debris that washed onto his property during flooding

last week.

Shaw, however, did object to the “garbage” among that debris — including tires and chunks of concrete laced with rebar that had been dumped illegally in a depression near the Chapel Hill development upstream, he told Logan Township supervisors at a meeting Thursday.

Water from the heavy storm a week ago carried the materials down the hill until a stump lodged under a little bridge that allows Shaw to walk from his house across a channelized creek to his shed.

That resulted in the debris piling up.

Shaw suggested fencing the depression, which has been an illegal dump site for years, even before construction of the development, he said.

“I can live with the rocks and dirt and getting flooded,” he said, even though that will mean summoning a loader to remove it all, Shaw said.

The rubbish bothers him, though, he said.

Supervisors Chairman Jim Patterson said the township would send a codes representative to check on the dump site.

The flooding on Aug. 3 caused “minor” damage to four properties from water in basements, according to township Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Blake.

It rose as high as 24 inches in a couple, he said.

The damage was to furnaces, water heaters, washers, dryers and carpeting, he said.

The problems were concentrated mainly along Baynton and Windrose avenues in Lakemont, with some issues also along Mountain Avenue above Valley View and Claybrook Drive near Ruskin Drive, Blake said.

The water overwhelmed normal drainage pathways — not all of them actual streams, he said.

Firefighters from Lakemont and Newburg helped by pumping basements, starting at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 and continuing through the afternoon, he said.

At Blake’s request, the supervisors approved a disaster declaration, at least partly in support of declarations made by Blair County and some municipalities south of Logan, he said.

The declaration could qualify those with damages for aid, should funds be granted at the state or federal levels, based on the county’s cumulative damages from the storm — although such higher-government aid is unlikely in this case, he said.

Still the storm created “an extreme nuisance,” Blake said.

“Mother Nature is a powerful force,” he said.