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Residents voice flooding concerns

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 2:41 a.m.
 

Glassport residents who were adversely affected by last week's flash flooding took their concerns to borough council Tuesday night.

Several occupants along the 900 block of Vermont Avenue said their losses are devasting, and are being worsened by continuing storms in the weather forecast.

“Everyone has gotten it cleaned up now, and it's hitting us again,” Daniel Costello said. “I don't want to clean up my cellar every time it rains.”

Costello said the cost for the damage adds up to “thousands of dollars.”

“We have furniture down there. We have furnaces, washers and dryers, refrigerators and everything else,” he said.

“What I experienced last week, it's devastating,” Dino DeFelice said. “It was worse today than last week. We can't just stand there and get hit every week, every month.”

DeFelice and others said their homeowners insurance will not cover the damages.

The borough's sewage lines also carry storm water. Councilman Thomas Bradley Jr. said lines along Broadway Avenue were cleaned Tuesday, and lines along Vermont Avenue will be snaked today.

Vermont lines likely will be examined for damages remotely, via camera.

“We're going to find out why (flooding) is happening so frequently, or if it's just because of torrential rain,” Bradley said. “None of us can control the weather. We have manpower up there right now.”

Several told borough officials their losses were due to sewer backups and flooded basements.

Mayor Michael Evanovich said he is considering declaring a state of emergency to minimize red tape for the recovery.

A form is available at the borough office and online at glassport.webs.com for property owners to apply for possible assistance through EMC Insurance Companies, the borough's provider.

Property owners must provide information about their homeowners insurance policies on the form.

Officials will look at flooding in the 700 block of Vermont Avenue and parts of Broadway and Indiana avenues.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965 or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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