Storm damage clean-up continues throughout Plum

| Friday, June 13, 2014, 2:06 p.m.

Baseball and softball games are back on at the majority of fields at the borough athletic complex after thunderstorms late last week.

“All but two (fields) are playable,” Joe Fischetti, Plum's building and grounds supervisor said Monday.

“They are playing tonight (Monday) on all but fields 3 and 4.”

Plum Councilman Michael Dell said more than 100 volunteers showed up Saturday to help clean up the fields after a rainstorm that resulted in six of the eight fields being under 1 to 3 feet of water.

There are eight fields at the complex, located off Ross Hollow Road. Fischetti said fields 3 and 4 are “total rebuilds,” and the borough is seeking quotes from outside companies to do the work.

Plum Baseball & Softball Association Vice President Dave Seitz said the heavy rain also caused damage to some batting cages and a dugout.

Also, most of the soil and infield mix was washed away, and a couple of fields have drainage culverts through them.

“There is a lot of debris laying around,” Seitz said.

Fischetti said the volunteers cleaned up debris Saturday.

Seitz said he hopes repair work on all the fields will be completed by the end of June for the fast-pitch softball tournament.

Seitz hopes the cost of the repairs will be mitigated by the in-house work that will be done.

“We are working with the borough,” Seitz said. “We have no idea of the cost. We didn't plan for this in our budget.”

Storm damage caused a Ligonier Lane couple to move out of their home and seek shelter with relatives after they got a rude awakening from their slumber when a tree crashed though their dining-room ceiling.

Jenn Sobotka, 27, said she and her husband, Zak, 28, heard a loud noise as they slept late last Thursday night.

“We heard this awful crashing noise and glass breaking,” Jenn Sobotka said.

A tree in the backyard crashed on top of the house causing damage to the dining room, kitchen and living room.

Jenn Sobotka said the power went out, and she called 911.

“The firemen got on the roof and got as much (of the tree) as they could off the house,” Jenn Sobotka said.

Sobotka said she and her husband most likely will stay with her parents in Harrison Township's Natrona Heights area for a couple of months while the house is repaired.

The Plum Community Center also was the site of water damage.

Assistant director Earlene Wolfe said staff arrived Friday morning to find about half an inch of water in the café area adjacent to the kitchen.

“It came through the two doors (leading into the café),” Wolfe said. “It is hard to believe it came under the awning (outside).”

Wolfe said the water was swept out the door, and fans were drying the floor.

“I hope there is no damage to the vinyl floor,” Wolfe said. “Water could get under it.”

Activities were back to normal at the center Friday.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or

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