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State College Homes and Businesses Still Drying Out from Thursday's Flood

by on June 28, 2013 3:09 PM

Driving rain soaked the State College area Thursday evening, causing flood-related issues for some residents and businesses today.

Some below-ground units at Marvin Gardens Apartments, located at the corner of South Pugh Street and Westerly Parkway, got about two feet of water. Just about every window of the apartments that were affected by the flooding were opened and fans were on full blast to help dry soggy carpets and furniture.

"I'm just so thankful we weren't affected," says Michelle Milligan, a resident at the apartment complex.

Milligan says some apartments were hit so hard that the residents had to find other living arrangements. One resident is staying at a local hotel where he works because the company offered him a place to stay, free of charge, she says. Milligan's boyfriend, Dillon, works at the Waffle Shop downtown and spent most of Thursday night trying to keep water out of the restaurant.

Last fall, Milligan says the couple's apartment flooded pretty bad, but they were luckier this time around.

"I don’t know what we would have done," she says.

At Blaise Alexander Hyundai/Mazda, rising floodwaters from a creek in front of the dealership pushed up some asphalt near the entrance. Sales Manager Jason Renno says that the staff wasn’t able to see the damage until the water receded later in the night. Minor debris from the flooding was scattered throughout the dealership's lots, and Renno says no vehicles were damaged.

"There were a few customers who hung out in the store when it started flooding," he says. "That’s really all you can do."

Police put up barriers around the damaged asphalt and drivers turning into the dealership are advised to use caution.

Slab Cabin Run near the Centre Hills Country Club caused some problems for its golf course. Water washed out bunkers and maintenance crews were out all morning to make the course playable.

"It just came all at once, but our course drains as well as any other course," says Jeb Boyle, head golf professional at the country club.

After crews were done "working like crazy," the course opened for play at around noon, Boyle says.

Other businesses were affected a little differently by the storm.

According to Marketing Manager Dawn Sauer, the phones at Mammoth Restoration haven't stopped ringing since Thursday evening. Sauer says the company received more than 10 calls in one hour last night from residents with flooding issues.

Owner Michael Bevilacqua says most of the people calling experienced flooding in their basements while others have backup issues with their sewage systems from the heavy rainfall.

"When there’s no place for the water to go, a sewage system can get overwhelmed and it just goes back through the house," he says. "It comes up through the drain pipe or sometimes it comes up through a flap in the toilet. It’s pretty nasty."

Once on site, Bevilacqua’s team removes any standing water, dries the affected area and begins to remove damaged, porous material like dry wall and carpet. Workers also perform an anti-microbial treatment to ensure no mold grows after the work is completed.

"Believe it or not, the bulk of our business has nothing to do with Mother Nature," he says. "But today, the calls just keep coming."

Click HERE for video coverage of yesterday’s flooding.

You can also watch home video of flooding on East College Avenue.


Shawn Christ is a recent Penn State graduate who is working as an intern for
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