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Flooding forces evacuation of 5 Fairfield Township homes

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.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review</em></div>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.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review</em></div>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.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review</em></div>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.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review</em></div>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.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review</em></div>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.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan Sanders | Tribune-Review</em></div>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.

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 4:57 p.m.
 

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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