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Old 09-06-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area
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Had some business in NEPA today, and as I was driving along Main Street in Old Forge and Duryea I noticed a lot of homes for sale, mostly on the right side of the street as I was headed toward Pittston.

Are these people selling because of last year's flood or is the population of these towns starting to die out?
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: northeast PA
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I live in Duryea, and yes, it's because of the flood. (We had 6 1/2ft on our 1st floor and thankfully were able to rebuild). Many people in Duryea are older and just couldn't manage such extensive repairs on their homes; others just wanted out because they don't want to go through it again. Hardly anyone had flood insurance, as we were told we were not in the flood plain. Duryea was a sad sight to behold before; now it is way worse with all the vacant, abandoned homes. Most were gutted and nothing else, there they sit. If another flood happens, and it probably will in our lifetime, I will not go back. (Go a block in off Main St....that is where folks were hardest hit, us included. Half the street is still vacant).
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: northeast PA
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P.S. Matilda, we'll be down your way Sunday on the train from Duryea to Jim Thorpe. Love your area!!
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area
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I live in Duryea, and yes, it's because of the flood. (We had 6 1/2ft on our 1st floor and thankfully were able to rebuild). Many people in Duryea are older and just couldn't manage such extensive repairs on their homes; others just wanted out because they don't want to go through it again. Hardly anyone had flood insurance, as we were told we were not in the flood plain. Duryea was a sad sight to behold before; now it is way worse with all the vacant, abandoned homes. Most were gutted and nothing else, there they sit. If another flood happens, and it probably will in our lifetime, I will not go back. (Go a block in off Main St....that is where folks were hardest hit, us included. Half the street is still vacant).

I could see a little bit of the flooded areas in the back. Very sad. I'm afraid these communities won't be able to bounce back from this.


I knew it flooded but didn't realize it was that bad. It's horrible. I'm so sorry you went through all that.

On a lighter note I hope you enjoy JT this weekend!
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