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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Basement Flood Closes Food Bank

More than 2 feet of water flooded the storage warehouse of the Fayette County Food Bank in Uniontown, destroying at least $30,000 worth of food.

The food was destined to be distributed to 3,000 households in Fayette County as the December distribution for struggling families, said CEO James Stark of the Fayette County Community Action Agency.

"It`s never a good time but this is probably the worst time," Stark said.

The food bank`s main storage warehouse on North Beeson Avenue was flooded with 2.5 feet of water from Redstone Creek.

Stark said he hopes to reopen the food bank, which serves 49 food pantries throughout Fayette County, next week.

The warehouse and its office area were covered with water and mud.

Stark said the flood ruined six skids of food donated by Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts who held a food collection drive. Each skid contained almost 30 boxes of food stuffed with canned vegetables and fruits, pasta and other nonperishable goods.

Elsewhere in Uniontown, the gravel under a Fay-Penn Railroad track washed out Tuesday night. South Union Township Supervisor Rick Vernon said workers were repairing the rail bed this morning.

A Fayette County Emergency Management official said there were no reports of injuries or rescues, but two businesses reported damages.

Mundel's Furniture on Connellsville reported that flooding in its basement caused some damage to inventory that was stored there.

The Auto Land Hyundai of Uniontown car dealership on Fayette Street reported its car lot was flooded.

"The waters are starting to recede now. Hopefully it's done, " Vernon said.

Vernon said the supervisors worked with the Hopwood and South Union volunteer fire departments Tuesday night to close Cinder Road, Redstone Furnace Road and a portion of Brownfield Lane for about three hours.

The roads are now reopened.

"We'd like to thank both fire departments for checking the roads and helping people pump out their basements all night," Vernon said. "They worked hard."

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