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Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 5:00 am

A small section of East Bloss Street flooded Sunday afternoon after heavy rain caused a nearby creek to overflow.

Bloss Street resident Ted Neely’s home sits next to the creek. Neely said he had left to pick up his daughter from work when his sister called him about water overflowing into the street.

“It wasn’t but seconds until the water got too high and started to overflow,” he said. “My basement is flooded now, and so are a few of the neighbor’s basements. The water usually never gets this high this time of year.”

Neely suspects that a large tree was blocking the flow of water farther up stream. He and other residents said they saw the tree get carried down the creek by the rushing water as it first began to rise around 2 p.m.

Lawn chairs from a neighbor’s yard were carried away by the creek before getting stuck next to Neely’s home. Residents said they saw large logs get carried down the creek with ease before they traveled under the street onto the other side.

Joan Gates, who lives across the street from Neely, said that water rose up over the roadway and reached her yard. Gates said her basement was not flooded, but that many of her neighbors said they had small amounts of water seep into theirs.

“My basement has only flooded one time in the 50 or so years that I’ve lived here,” she said. “The water reached my house today, though. It seems like the worst of everything is over now.”

Deposits of mud were left in driveways and street after the water dropped back beneath the roadway. Gates said that a lot of the logs and other debris had been carried behind her home. The tree that Bloss Street residences said they saw rushing down stream was behind Gates’ house, wedged in a section of the creek where the water was not flowing as rapidly, along with other large branches and logs.

Neely said none of his belongs were damaged due to flooding in his basement, but that it’s something he worries about often.

“I try not to keep anything valuable down there because of where I live,” he said. “That’s something that you have to consider when you live right next to a creek. With all the rain we’ve been getting this summer, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see something like this again.”

None of the residences said the flooding led to any injuries or loss of valuables. By 4 p.m., the street was clear of any water, but mud remained on the sidewalks and driveways of Bloss Street residents.

AccuWeather meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said rainfall has been above average so far this summer. Observation stations in Franklin and Meadville have reported 10 inches and 7 inches of rain, respectively, since June 1. Hoegg said that this region of the state typically receives 5 1/2 inches of rainfall during the same interval of time.

“We had an especially active June across the state, but noticeably in the northwest,” Hoegg said. “There were times where it seemed like it was just raining for days on end. All the rainfall has made the ground soft, making it more likely that trees fall during even in low wind conditions of 40 miles per hour. That can pose a risk to power lines and structures nearby.”

Penelec’s outage map showed that between 20 and 100 customers living in the south side of Titusville reported that they had lost power on Sunday. The streets indicated on their virtual map were South Franklin Street and Breed Street. All outages were reportedly fixed by 7 p.m., according to their online power center.

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  • Noahs Bark posted at 11:40 am on Fri, Jul 12, 2019.

    Noahs Bark Posts: 90

    Na... there is a reason they installed security cameras in Bobby Grove Park. That’s not the only place they are in town either. They are cameras all over town. The TPD can’t be everywhere. They have to rely on this “external help” to curb the meth problem in town. These meth heads are breaking into people’s homes and stealing everything they can find... cash, guns and pills. The TPD do what they can. They need more help and it needs to be a physical presence and not an eye in the sky that can only review what has occurred. We need manned cruisers in the streets that will keep the druggies inside and away from our children.

  • SSDD posted at 4:52 am on Thu, Jul 11, 2019.

    SSDD Posts: 30

    Na. Titusville has enough cops. With the way some of you guys talk, I’d have died a long time ago while visiting home. Taken out by some methed out disgruntled individual that just staggered out of the old Dirty Dog lookin’ for his next victim. But, instead, when home I recognize NOBODY as if the entire population of Titusville has been replaced with people I don’t know, with last names I don’t recognize shopping in stores that didn’t use to exist. If anything downtown has changed for the better. I remember when the only “fun” thing to do was drive around in a circle from McD’s, up to Kocan’s....loop around, stop into Country Fair and see who’s out.....then swing into the Save-a-Lot parking lot and see who’s hanging out at the “Water St. Skate Park” and continue the loop and maybe be harassed by a certain cop (won’t name names.....but is similar to a type of pickle) for no good reason until if we were lucky we’d find a party out at Miller Farm or somewhere else in the woods. Titusville is much better these days, and let’s be honest, we spent more time back then outside then youngsters do today. They are too attached to their social media to bother with going downtown to cause trouble. Some of you peeps need to go visit other states and see what a REAL bad neighborhood looks like. Maybe, for starters, go visit McDougald Terrace aka “The Mac” down in Durham NC. It’ll leave you thinking Titusville is something out of a 1950’s TV show.

  • Noahs Bark posted at 9:51 am on Mon, Jul 8, 2019.

    Noahs Bark Posts: 90

    I can’t believe that all this flooding happened. This is horrific! If someone neglected their tree like most people neglect their lawns, they should be prosecuted at the fullest extent of the law. Tim Lorenz has enough on his plate. The TPD should be allowed to write tickets for lawns that are not mowed and trees that are not trimmed. That action alone would allow the city council to pay for their pet projects instead of their normal tactic of robbing Peter to pay Paul. More cops with more authority is the only answer.


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