Jenner Township still recovering from the storm

July 11, 2018

Flooded homes and roads were the main topics of discussion at the Jenner Township supervisors meeting Tuesday.

The southern half of the township was inundated with about 7 inches of rain on June 20, which closed roads and filled basements.

A few residents complained that the heavy rains filled their basements, destroying appliances and causing other damage.

Supervisor Shelley Darr said that many trees fell at his residence even after the rain stopped because the ground was saturated and wind toppled the trees.

He said the Boswell Community Park lost one of its new soccer field fences during the storm and water reached 3 feet deep on the field.

The hardest hit areas included Acosta, Sipesville and Jenners.

Supervisor Keith Barnick said township crews spent the day after the storm cleaning debris off the roads and repairing culverts.

Supervisor Brian Zanoni said they are still trying to catch up with repairs three weeks after that storm.

The supervisors try to tar and chip about 10 or 12 miles of roads in the township each year, but their projects have been pushed back about two weeks because of the torrential storms this year, Zanoni said.

Many residents also had damage from the storms, but Barnick said there is nothing that can stop those types of severe storms from damaging property.

“We’re sorry about the damage people had, but there’s nothing we can do,” he said.

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