Emergency disaster declared in Susquehanna County after devastating flash flooding

FRANKLIN FORKS, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WOLF) -- The flooding is so bad in Susquehanna County that officials have declared an emergency disaster.

Crushed buildings.

Tree limbs piled one on top of the other.

And roads buckled by raging waters.

Franklin Forks looks like a war zone.

"People's sheds are on the road, there's boats in a cornfield, craziness," Joshua Mihalich, of Montrose, said.

Craziness is an understatement.

This shed washed up on phone lines along Route 29, narrowly avoiding smashing right into this home.

People in the community pitched in to get it down, finally finishing the job around 7 o'clock this evening.

But while the owner of that home says everything inside is ok for the most part, other people are dealing with some major damage.

The owner of this apartment building says three units on the first floor are now ruined by water damage with mud coating the floor and displacing several tenants.

"It actually got high enough it broke the one window on the side towards the creek here you know and it was up to the height of a doorknob," building owner Lynn Powell said.

Much of that water came from the swollen Silver Creek.

Danielle Earl lives on the opposite side of the creek. She says its been a problem for them for years, but its never been this bad.

Her home along Route 29 took a direct hit from all the flood waters.

"They told us that the structure may be unsafe, they have to inspect it. I mean, everything is just total loss," Danielle Earl, of Franklin Forks, said.

Earl says the water level in her home was up to her waist. And just to give you an idea of just how powerful that surge was -- it moved this car here from that garage 150 feet away.

That garage is now completely smashed, and Earl says they have no idea where this silver van now sitting in front of it even came from.

With more rain lingering in the forecast, she's worried things will get even worse.

"Its going to come back and its got an open plain at this point. Everything is leveled," Earl said.

Earl says she and her family are staying with friends now that their home is uninhabitable.

Seven people are staying in a shelter at Montrose High School, and the Red Cross is planning to team up with PEMA tomorrow to deliver meals to homes cut off by flooding.

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