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Helping Schuylkill County Residents Hit by Floods

As Schuylkill County communities continue to clean up from this week’s devastating storms and flooding, officials have reassured area residents that LVH–Schuylkill remains a resource. “We have been in contact with our local Emergency Management Agency to let them know we stand ready to assist as needed,” says LVH–Schuylkill President Bill Reppy. Fortunately, there have been no major injuries attributed to the storms. Officials in the impacted communities are continuing to assess the situation and determine what needs exist.

Many LVH­–Schuylkill staff members experienced flood damage to homes, autos and other property. Many more are stepping up and volunteering in their own towns, neighborhoods and churches to help restore normalcy.

Some staff members assisted with water rescues while others helped pump water out of homes and clean up after the storms. “We are proud of their efforts and encourage anyone who can, to get involved and help,” Reppy said.

On Tuesday, LVH­­–Schuylkill staff members shared food from an event for colleagues with residents of Port Carbon, a small borough near Pottsville hit particularly hard by the storm. A local chef, Hiram Quintana of Tamaqua Trading Post, set up a hospitality tent for borough residents and clean-up crews during the recovery and has pledged to do so until his services are no longer needed. Port Carbon Mayor Harold “Bucky” Herndon gratefully accepted the donation.

LVH–Schuylkill is among many local organizations, businesses and individuals who provided food, water and other supplies to the aid in the recovery efforts. LVH­­–Schuylkill Physician Liaison Penny Klinger visited medical practices on Tuesday to see how our medical community was impacted by the storms. Klinger transported lunch to the Health Center at Frackville and the new LVPG Family Medicine practice staffed by Walter Setlock, DO, and Elizabeth Wittig, CRNP who were on site cleaning up. Klinger also delivered lunch to Matthew Sophy, DO, and his team, whose Port Carbon practice was hit hard by flood waters. Both practices thanked Klinger for her concern.

Storms hit the region Sunday afternoon dumping heavy rain that measured more than eight inches in some areas. It is the third heavy rainstorm to hit the area in the past month. Flooding several weeks ago in Tremont brought a visit form Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and many local and state officials.

States of emergency had been declared in Pottsville, Tremont, Port Carbon and other communities during many of the storms. The focus presently is on recovery and clean up, with hopes that the forecast remains dry.