Widespread flooding caused headaches throughout Warren County on Wednesday.
A flood warning for the Conewango Creek in Russell has been issued by the National Weather Service until Thursday evening and PennDOT closed Route 957 in Sugar Grove Township and Main Street in Pine Grove Township due to flooding on Wednesday.
"Don't drive through swift running water," Warren County Public Safety Director Todd Lake warned residents on Wednesday.
Times Observer photo by Rob Andersen
Rainwater flowed down the south side of Liberty Street in Russell from the cemetery and into the intersection at the four-way stop. Area streams, including Ackeley Run and North Branch of Ackeley Run, were at near-bank full at 7 a.m. Wednesday. At left, Valentine Run was high enough to reach bridges on Conewango Valley Country Club’s golf course Wednesday morning.
The City of Warren Department of Public Works closed down Betts Park, Beaty Playground and Point Park on Wednesday afternoon until further notice due to flooding.
"Any organizations having any plans for events in the next two to three weeks will need to contact the city to discuss options regarding openings and/or rescheduling," DPW Assistant Superintendent Vinnie Massa said.
Massa said he expects the water level to be drained within two to three weeks, but is expecting extensive damage to the grounds at each location that will require repairs most likely through late May and mid-June.
A section of Route 60 between Kiantone Road in New York State and the intersection of Route 62 was closed due to water on the roadway.
The intersection of Liberty and Main streets in downtown Russell was completely flooded by 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Horton Avenue and the surrounding area in Sheffield and a bridge on Egypt Hollow Road was washed out, Lake said, with the major flooding areas in Russell and near the border with New York.
Glade Water Rescue was put on standby at the Falconer, N.Y., fire station and regional assets including swiftwater teams from Crawford and Venango counties were available to assist in Warren County, Lake said.
"It doesn't seem like we're going to get to that level," Lake said, " but there's still a little more rain forecast."
The National Weather Service predicted a number of homes on the right or west bank of the Conewango Creek would be affected by minor flooding by Wednesday afternoon. The flood stage on the Conewango Creek is 9 feet and was predicted to crest at 9.4 feet Wednesday evening. The water level was 8.4 feet at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Flash flood warnings were issued for Ridgway in Elk County, western McKean County, western Cameron County and eastern Warren County until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Significant water evacuations were reported across portions of Elk County.