2011-12-01 / Local & State

Flooding Destroys $30K Of Items At Pa. Food Bank

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A flash flood that covered low lying streets and filled basements has also destroyed about $30,000 worth of goods at a southwestern Pennsylvania food bank.

Officials with the Fayette County Community Action Agency tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday that the agency's food bank in Uniontown had more than 2 feet of water in its warehouse from nearby Redstone Creek. The creek and several other small waterways flooded late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning after heavy rains in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The agency's CEO, James Stark, says there's never a good time for a flood but noted “this is probably the worst time.”

The food destroyed was supposed to go to 3,000 needy families next month.

The food bank, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh, hopes to reopen next week.

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