Storm pounds county

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry An SUV moves slowly through storm water that flows over the curbs at Lexington Avenue and Carver Street in Warren. In the foreground, water bubbles up from a storm sewer maintenance hole at Linwood Street. A brief thunderstorm brought flooding and other problems to various parts of Warren County. See page A3.

A heavy thunderstorm brought numerous problems to Warren County Friday afternoon.

There were reports of flooding and high water all over the county.

Trees were down from Camp Olmstead in Elk Township to the Sugar Grove area. Many of them reported road closures or utility lines downed. Power outages were reported in Youngsville, Warren, and Mead Township.

There was a gas leak reported in Warren.

The brief storm brought some dime-sized hail to the central and northern parts of the county.

The intersection of Lexington Avenue and Carver Street in Warren was more than one foot deep in water at the height of the storm.

A block away, water was bubbling up through the maintenance hole above the storm sewer at Linwood Street.

Some drivers braved the high water in everything from tractor-trailers to sedans.

City of Warren Police Officer A.J. Foriska, who responded to the intersection, said, “don’t drive through standing water.”

PennDOT cautions drivers to “Turn around. Don’t drown.”

“Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling,” according to PennDOT. “A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.”

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