Clarion County flood damage estimates released

Damage estimates have been released nearly six months after a flash flood devastated parts of Clarion County.

The July 19 flooding caused Leisure Run, a tributary of Redbank Creek, to flood an area just north of New Bethlehem Borough and parts of the borough.

There was also heavy damage to several businesses along Route 66 including Char Val Candy, Drummond Veterinary Hospital, Full Throttle, Air/Tak and a storage facility.

In New Bethlehem the Redbank Valley Primary School was damaged and several houses in that area suffered significant losses.

Tuesday’s damage report listed road damage by township only. Salem Township reported $15,000 in damage; Porter Township, $120,000; New Bethlehem Borough, $36,000 (not including Redbank Creek damage); Redbank Township, $81,000; Ashland Township, $22,000; Elk Township, $17,677; and Beaver Township, $188,452.

All business and home damage was $750,000, according to the report.

Small Business Administration low interest loans are available for affected businesses but not homeowners.

The damage was not severe enough to qualify the county for aid from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

County Commissioner Ted Tharan said the county would make funds available from the Marcellus Shale Legacy fund.