Bridgeville residents, business owners continue cleanup efforts
The high water mark was visible on the front window of the Railyard Grill & Tap Room in Bridgeville a week after June 20 floodwaters from a nearby McLaughlin Run devastated this small community.
Across Railroad Street from Railyard Grill sits a red tractor trailer from a local restoration company. And on one of Railyard's entrances, there's a handwritten sign that says "Closed until further notice."
Despite the mud, the debris on the street, massive garbage dumpsters, the hum of power washers and the plywood that now covers windows on a number of buildings and homes in the lower section of Bridgeville, people are getting on with their lives and rebuilding.
"The basement was submerged," general manager Jeremy Robinson said June 26. He has been the general manager of the Railyard since it opened in October 2016. He said they're still assessing the damage and have no idea when the business will reopen.
"The power of water is incredible," Robinson said. "We're fortunate to have flood insurance."
Floodwaters took equipment and ruined food. Inside the building, which once housed Tambellini's, the bar has been removed and the floor on the first floor is in the process of being removed. Dirt and mud still is visible.
"Plates, forks, glasses, everything," Robinson said.
Over at 608 Baldwin St., homeowner Frank Truzzi was sitting with his nephew drinking a beer. Volunteers at his mud-caked home were helping clear out mud-caked items that were nearly impossible to identify.
Truzzi, who has been staying with his sister in Peters Township during the cleanup, said when the flooding started he grabbed his dog, Zipit, and headed for higher ground.
"I was sliding and falling my way up the hill," he said.
Truzzi said he has flood insurance and plans to move back into his home where he has lived for 11 years. He was given a $125 gift card from the American Red Cross and bought shoes with it.
Truzzi's next door neighbor, Lin St. Clair, also plans to return to his house once it is cleaned.
St. Clair said the June 20 flood is the third time he has been flooded since 2004. He does not have flood insurance because the premium — $2,000 a year – is more than he can afford.
"It was God telling me to clean things out and he helped," said St. Clair, who has lived on the street for 20 years. He is staying with a friend in Harmony.
"It was an act of nature," he said. "That's life on Baldwin Street."
Todd Bradley was power-washing the side of an apartment building at 619 Baldwin St., where he lives on the second floor. He said people living on the first floor of the building were evacuated by boat.
"The three ground units are gone," he said, adding that he sat in his window and watched people be rescued the night of the flood. "Five people were displaced."
Bradley said the only flood damage he sustained was some damage to his stairs. He still is staying in his apartment.
"I feel blessed," he said.
Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at email@example.com, 412-627-9423, or Twitter @41Suzanne.