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Storm damage clean-up continues throughout Plum

Courtesy of C.J. Tedrick - The baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Courtesy of C.J. Tedrick</em></div>The baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch - Homeowner Zak Sobotka, center, surveys the damage done to his sunroom and backyard after a tree came down on his home overnight, entering through the roof and into the home along Ligonier Lane in Plum on Friday, June 13, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jason Bridge  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Homeowner Zak Sobotka, center, surveys the damage done to his sunroom and backyard after a tree came down on his home overnight, entering through the roof and into the home along Ligonier Lane in Plum on Friday, June 13, 2014.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch - Homeowner Jen Sobotka checks her cell phone while surveying the damage done to her home overnight when a tree fell onto it, through the roof and into the home along Ligonier Lane in Plum on Friday, June 13, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jason Bridge  |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Homeowner Jen Sobotka checks her cell phone while surveying the damage done to her home overnight when a tree fell onto it, through the roof and into the home along Ligonier Lane in Plum on Friday, June 13, 2014.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Plum Advance Leader - Storms damaged Plum ballfields following severe rain storms last Friday, June 13.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Lillian DeDomenic | For The Plum Advance Leader</em></div>Storms damaged Plum ballfields following severe rain storms last Friday, June 13.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The PlumAdvance Leader - Water soaked Plum ballfields following sever rain storms last Friday, June 13.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Lillian DeDomenic | For The PlumAdvance Leader</em></div>Water soaked Plum ballfields following sever rain storms last Friday, June 13.
Courtesy C.J. Tedrick - The aftermatch of the rising creek can be seen next to the baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road. The fields took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Courtesy C.J. Tedrick</em></div>The aftermatch of the rising creek can be seen next to the baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road. The fields took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week.
Courtesy of C.J. Tedrick - The baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week. One of the parking lots was closed down because of the damage the flooding caused
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Courtesy of C.J. Tedrick</em></div>The baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week. One of the parking lots was closed down because of the damage the flooding caused
Courtesy of C.J. Tedrick - The baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week. One of the parking lots was closed down because of the damage the flooding caused
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Courtesy of C.J. Tedrick</em></div>The baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week. One of the parking lots was closed down because of the damage the flooding caused
Courtesy of C.J. Tedrick - The baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week. The pavillion and grassy field area near the center of the complex is full of gravel from one of the nearby parking lots.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Courtesy of C.J. Tedrick</em></div>The baseball fields at the borough complex on Ross Hollow Road took a beating from a storm that caused excessive flooding last week. The pavillion and grassy field area near the center of the complex is full of gravel from one of the nearby parking lots.
Submitted - More than 100 volunteers showed up on Saturday, June 14, to help repair the Plum baseball fields that were damaged by flooding.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>More than 100 volunteers showed up on Saturday, June 14, to help repair the Plum baseball fields that were damaged by flooding.
Submitted - Volunteers worked on Saturday, June 14, to help repair the Plum baseball fields.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Volunteers worked on Saturday, June 14, to help repair the Plum baseball fields.
Submitted - More than 100 volunteers showed up on Saturday, June 14, to help repair the Plum baseball fields that were damaged by flooding.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>More than 100 volunteers showed up on Saturday, June 14, to help repair the Plum baseball fields that were damaged by flooding.
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 kzapf@tribweb.com.

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