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Bethlehem Township residents want answers on flooding

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - Residents who live along Chetwin Terrace say it's time for the township to do something to stop storm water runoff that's flooding their neighborhoods.

It's been a problem for years, but last Friday's heavy downpour was enough to bring a group of neighbors to Monday night's township commissioners meeting to ask for answers.

"Every time it rains, I get hammered," said resident Wayne Kresge, who estimated he had eight to 10 inches of water in his yard last week. "It's been two times in less than a month that my backyard looks like a swimming pool."

Residents say a combination of factors has led to the flooding, including the construction of a credit union on William Penn Highway and the installation of a larger drain pipe that increased the flow of water from the highway.

"I used to get water once in awhile," Kresge said after the meeting. "Now I'm getting clobbered." 

Resident Elaine Tutko said the flooding got so bad last Friday that teenagers were able to swim in a ditch near her home.

She brought photos to prove it, as well as pictures of rain roaring through her property.

"That looks like a lake," she said.

Township officials say they will investigate.

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