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Flooding forces evacuation of 5 Fairfield Township homes

| Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 4:57 p.m.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review
Chunks of ice block the current of Tub Mill Creek along Creek Road, in West Bolivar, forcing the waters to flood Creek Road and residents homes living along the roadway on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review
Barry Henderson, a lifelong resident of Bolivar and who has lived along Creek Road for over 15 years, photographs flood waters over taking the roadway on Friday, February 21, 2014.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review
Chunks of ice block the current of Tub Mill Creek along Creek Road, in West Bolivar, forcing the waters to flood Creek Road and residents homes living along the roadway on Friday, February 21, 2014.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review
Chunks of ice block the current of Tub Mill Creek along Creek Road, in West Bolivar, forcing the waters to flood Creek Road and residents homes living along the roadway on Friday, February 21, 2014.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review
Chunks of ice block the current of Tub Mill Creek along Creek Road, in West Bolivar, forcing the waters to flood Creek Road and residents homes living along the roadway on Friday, February 21, 2014.
Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review
Chunks of ice block the current of Tub Mill Creek along Creek Road, in West Bolivar, forcing the waters to flood Creek Road and residents homes living along the roadway on Friday, February 21, 2014.

WESTMORELAND

FAIRFIELD

Flooding forces evacuation of 5 homes

Flooding in the Bolivar area of northeastern Westmoreland County forced the evacuation of five homes Friday afternoon, according to the county Department of Public Safety.

Ice that backed up along a stream near Creek Road has caused flooding in Fairfield, said Daniel Stevens, a spokesman for the public safety department. A section of Creek Road is blocked off because of the flooding from the stream, which is a tributary of the Conemaugh River, Stevens said.

The public safety department received reports of the flooding at 3 p.m., and rescue boats from Saltsburg and Blairsville were called to assist at the scene, an emergency dispatcher said. The rescue teams were securing propane tanks at the homes to prevent a secondary hazard, Stevens said.

Fairfield emergency management officials contacted PennDOT for assistance in solving the ice jam problem, Stevens said.

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