Philly-area towns cleaning up from storms

August 3, 2009 3:00:53 PM PDT
It is a day to dry out and clean up from the flooding and other damage from Sunday's fierce summer storms.Several waves of storms rolled through, dumping up four to five inches of rain in some spots.

8 inches of water flooded the "School of Rock" in Fort Washington on Sunday. Thankfully, all of the instruments were put up on a stage beforehand, so they were spared.

However their carpet, furniture, and $20,000 sound booth could be history.

The staff spent Monday clearing out furniture, T-shirts, and everything else inside, hoping it would dry out.

One hard-hit neighborhood is along Fairway Road in Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County.

There are about 10 homes that got the brunt of the damage on the block. Families were seen taking their possessions out of the homes, seeing what can be saved and what had to be thrown away.

As they clean up, the question on a lot of peoples' minds is: Who's going to pay for the damage?

"They have to help us. They have to reimburse us for what we're losing, and they have to ensure us, in writing, that this will never happen again," said flooding victim Carol Spirito, who lost a lot in the flood, including her year-old car.

Another big flood happened there about five years ago. Since then, the township installed pipes to help with the drainage, but Sunday's storms proved to be too much.

"We got about five inches in about two and a half hours," said Fire Marshal Calvin Bonberger. "It just annihilated everything over here."

Bonberger and his team went door-to-door on Monday to get an estimate of the damage, as neighbors figure out where to go from here.

He said he will go through the proper channels to see how much state and federal aid the flood victims can get.

The total could run into the six figures.

In the Robert Bruce apartments in Hatboro, Pa., 100 units were damaged by water. The Red Cross arrived to help people with food and shelter at the Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham Township.

The National Weather Service says the area was drenched Sunday with nearly 5 inches of rain in just a few hours. The storms even closed part of the Schuylkill Expressway, where flooding trapped some cars.

Two bands of rain swept through the region Sunday morning, dumping a month's worth of rain. The region has been susceptible to flooding because of heavy rains earlier last week.

The weather is supposed to be clear until Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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