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Archive - 2014

May 23rd

Flood cleanup continues around Ridgway

May 23, 2014

Cleanup and relief efforts from Wednesday's flood continued Friday afternoon in the borough of Ridgway as restoration crews could be seen all around the borough where the flood hit hardest.
Cleanup crews were at Dan Dickinson Apartments Friday (high-rise) helping in efforts to restore first-floor apartments and the area. Crews were seen gutting many of the apartments as the floors in the first-floor residences still had muddy residue strewn about. A hallway in the first floor had to have its carpet and tiles removed due to worry about mold growth.

May 22nd

PEMA team assesses flood damage

May 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] officials were in the area Thursday to assess the damage from Wednesday's flooding that ravaged Elk County, particularly Ridgway where standing water in some areas reached well over four feet.
Detailed numbers regarding home and business damage, and monetary damages were not readily available Thursday evening as PEMA teams were still analyzing data at the county's 911 Center.
Mike McAllister, director of Elk County's Office of Emergency Services, said teams were still working Thursday evening to assess the damage.

Richard E. "Lardy" Friedl

May 22, 2014

Richard E. "Lardy" Friedl, 84, of 104 West Theresia Rd., St. Marys, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following injuries suffered from a car accident.
He was born on Dec. 24, 1929, a son of the late Frank and Clara Zwack Friedl.

Linda E. Streich

May 22, 2014

Linda E. Streich, 76, of 4381 Grant Rd., Ridgway, died Thursday morning at Highland View Health Care in Brockway.
She was born March 13, 1938 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward and Theresa (Buehler) Carlson.
She married Gary J. Streich Sr. on Sept. 5, 1959; he survives. She had resided in Ridgway all of her life and was a member of the Hallton Church.
Linda was a 1956 graduate of Ridgway High School and 1959 graduate of Clarion University. She had been employed by the Ridgway Area School District as a teacher for 10 years.

Bette “Jeannine” Hefright

May 22, 2014

Bette “Jeannine” Hefright, 81, of Water Street, Johnsonburg, died following a series of illnesses on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 while at the Lutheran Home at Kane where she had resided for the past five months.
Born Oct. 12, 1932 in Johnsonburg, she was the daughter of the late Guy and Gertrude (Blumquist) Speaker. Jeannine was the oldest of the three children. 

Ramettes edged by DCC in playoffs

May 22, 2014

DuBOIS – DuBois Central Catholic found a way to overtake the Ramettes again.
DCC scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally from a 5-3 deficit en route to a 6-5 victory Thursday afternoon at DuBois Central Catholic in the quarterfinal round of the District 9 Class A softball playoffs.
DCC downed Johnsonburg three times this season and twice rallied from deficits to defeat the Ramettes. Last Wednesday, DCC scored six runs in the sixth and eighth innings to win 16-10 over Johnsonburg.

May 21st

Severe flooding damages Elk County

May 21, 2014

Torrential downpours overnight throughout Elk County closed or washed out several roadways, and damaged several vehicles and structures throughout Wednesday.
"This was a quick storm with a lot of water in a short period of time," said Mike McAllister, Elk County Emergency Services director. "We had a number of incidents countywide, from Highland Township to Jay Township, and in between, but Ridgway Borough really took the brunt of it."

Daniel Mark Titchner

May 21, 2014

Daniel Mark Titchner, 35, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at his father's house.
He was born Nov. 23, 1978, and graduated from St. Marys Area High School.

Some roads reopen after flooding

May 21, 2014

CLEARFIELD – PennDOT reports that several roadways in the Elk County are closed at this hour due to flooding.

Motorists should not attempt to drive through standing water on roadways. Water may be deeper than it appears.


The following state routes in Elk County are closed due to flooding.
They are expected to re-open once waters recede later today.



• Route 219 in Ridgway between Osterhout Street and Route 948.


• Route 219 in Horton Township between Keystone Road and Mountain Church Road.


• Route 555 between Apple Road in Jay Township and Fred Road in Benezette Township.



Road closures in Elk County

May 21, 2014

CLEARFIELD – PennDOT reports that several roadways in the Elk County are closed at this hour due to flooding.
Motorists should not attempt to drive through standing water on roadways.
Water may be deeper than it appears.
The following state routes in Elk County are closed due to flooding. They are expected to re-open once waters recede later today.

• Route 120 in the City of St. Marys between Benzinger Avenue and Jackson Road.

• Route 219 in Ridgway between Osterhout Street and Route 948.

• Route 255 from Elm Road to Chestnut Avenue in Jay Township.


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