Flood-prone Darby prepares for Hurricane Irene

August 26, 2011 3:49:38 PM PDT
Dorothea Smythe, 89, was at her home in Darby Borough when Hurricane Floyd hit 12 years old.

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Now, with Hurricane Irene set to arrive on Saturday, Dorothea says she cannot even imagine going through that again.

Still, she said, "I don't want to leave."

But, Dorothea lives in one of the low-lying neighborhoods under a mandatory evacuation order.

Borough officials declared a state of emergency earlier today, and those who live in flood-prone areas must be out by 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

Still, Mayor Helen Thomas says there is no plan to force anyone into doing something they refuse to do.

"You can't make people leave. Been there done that," said Mayor Thomas.

Barbara Botdorf lives a few dozen yards from Darby Creek, right across Chestnut Street, where dozens of homes had to be demolished after flooding from Hurricane Floyd left everything but their rooftops under water.

Batbara says despite the warnings, she's going to ride out this storm for as long as possible.

"I won't be here but I will not abandon my home," said Barbara.

The following areas of Darby are under an evacuation order:

800 block of Pine Street
900 block of Springfield Road
All of 12th, 13th and 14th streets
Unit block of Main Street
800 block of Fuller Street
200 block of Mill Street
The neighborhood between Chester Pike and Walnut Street near MacDade Boulevard.


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