Storms flood roads, down power lines



When a creek near a diner overflowed, customers were stuck inside.
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Storms dumped heavy rains on eastern Pennsylvania, sending streams over their banks, closing roads and downing power lines in some areas.
Parts of Monroe County got 3 inches of rain in less than an hour Thursday and as much as 7 inches by 3 a.m. Friday. Business Route 209 was water-covered and closed between Snydersville and Sciota.
Kettle Creek spilled over its banks, flowing over a bridge. Volunteer firefighters and emergency workers rescued a woman stranded in a mobile home near the creek.
"This is the worst," said Greg Taormina, owner of Video Extra and the Old Hotel Plaza, as murky water filled the basement of the video store.
Trees brought down power lines in some places.
In Snydersville, the rain trapped customers at the Snydersville Diner for about an hour. A creek near the diner overflowed, flooding the parking lot and the basement, and making it impossible for patrons to get to their vehicles.
Elsewhere
Minor flooding also was occurring on the Schuylkill River in Schuylkill County, the National Weather Service said. In Lancaster and Lebanon counties, law enforcement agents reported flooding of some roads and basements Friday morning.
Forecasters said Pennsylvania could get more rains later Friday from the remnants of Tropical Depression Bonnie, though it appeared the brunt of the storm would pass east of Pennsylvania.
As Hurricane Charley bore down on Florida on Friday, forecasters said that storm may sock Pennsylvania with more downpours tonight and Sunday as it passes northward.
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