Flooding forces evacuation of 5 Fairfield Township 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 along Creek Road has caused flooding in Fairfield Township, 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 Township emergency management officials contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for assistance in solving the ice jam problem, Stevens said.
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