Penns Valley Area Sees Heavy Flooding Friday

By Mallory Lane

Published 05/16 2014 05:40PM

Updated 05/16 2014 06:10PM

PENNS VALLEY, CENTRE COUNTY - Parts of Centre County saw extensive flooding Friday, especially in the Penns Valley area.

Five roads were closed down Friday in Penns Valley. Friday night, two remain closed as crews wait for water to recede.

No injuries have been reported because of the flooding, but crews are still taking precautions to keep themselves and others safe.

It's pictures like these you almost have to see to believe. Roads across the Penns Valley area flooded several feet deep Friday, after heavy rains swept through the area overnight Thursday.

"Some of it, I couldn't even get in to take an estimate," PennDOT Assistant County Maintenance Manager of Centre County, Jeff Collins, said. "I know some of the areas I could see it was over the guide rail, so it was a couple of feet deep."

Parts of Penns Creek road is up to its guide rails in water Friday night. Neighbors in the area said it's the most flooding they've seen in years.

PennDOT crews are having to hang back, too.

"It's been a while since there has been flooding like that down there, at least in the last three or four years I can remember," Collins said. "Once the water goes down, we'll see what we have."

Collins anticipates there could be significant damage.

"In that area down there, the road could be undermined," he said. "There is so much water flowing, we may have to dig the pavement up and re-stabilize the base and put pavement back."

The best advice?

"Pretty much, stay out of the area. Don't drive through the water because you don't know what's under it," Collins said. "Hopefully we can get on it as soon as the water goes down."

Sinking Creek Road in Gregg Township is open Friday evening. Penns Creek Road and Woodward Cave Drive are expected to reopen Friday night by 7 p.m.

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