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No Flooding Experienced Along Chartiers Creek

Although the Chartiers Creek was seen rising overnight as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy blew through western Pennsylvania, no flooding has been reported in Heidelberg or Carnegie.

Despite heavy rain from Superstorm Sandy that pounded western Pennsylvania overnight, the Chartiers Creek is holding its banks and causing “no problems.”

Heidelberg and Carnegie, both of which sustained heavy flooding when the remnants of Hurricane Ivan rolled through in 2004, reported no rising waters or damage.

“No problems, no issues,” Heidelberg Borough Manager Joe Kauer said. “It’s actually kind of cresting. I was taken back by that.”

Water gauges placed along the Chartiers Creek near Heidelberg showed the water cresting just above 5 feet around 6 a.m. Tuesday. However, the flood stage for that area of the creek is 20 feet.

The creek is noticeably higher than the summer when near drought conditions dried some areas to it sandy bed. Kauer said they’re not worried about the creek or how it appears to onlookers.

“You go by there and it looks like you’re ready to build an ark,” he said. “But when you look at that measurement gauge, it’s not too bad.”

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