Rapid Repairs Sought After Pennsylvania Creek Flood Wall Section Collapse

December 14, 2016

Authorities city say they will seek funding for rapid repairs following the collapse of a section of a creek flood wall in a northeastern Pennsylvania city.

Wilkes-Barre city administrator Ted Wampole says a 40-foot section of the Solomon Creek channel wall in South Wilkes-Barre collapsed into the creek bed Friday night.

Wampole says crews have been working to shore up the area near the fallen wall, placing sandbags wherever possible and erecting barricades. Engineers are to inspect the site to determine how to best make permanent repairs.

Wampole said he was also concerned about floods damaging stormwater, gas, water and communication lines that run below the creek.

The collapse happened three weeks after council members approved emergency repairs for a 16-foot section that officials feared could collapse at any time.

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