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Local creeks, streams spill over their banks, flood roads

Massive flooding

FORKS TWP., Pa. - As the rain steadily fell Wednesday, the water moved swiftly in Bushkill Creek in Forks Township, Northampton County.

At least one nearby road was closed due to flooding. Zucksville Road off of Bushkill Drive had barricades in place, which forced many drivers to find another way to get home. However, some people took a chance and went past the barricades.

Officials remind drivers to not drive through water and to not go around barricades.

People who live and work nearby are used to the flooding issues during heavy rainfall.

"Every time we have a rain it's like this," said Charles Gordon. "Had I thought about it first I probably should have just gone around to begin with."

"It's basically how it is up here. You just learn to live with it," said Cristy Mette, whose business, Advantage Fence, is on Bushkill Drive across from the creek.

"We are going to have to be leaving probably in a few hours since we won't be able to get out of the driveway," she said.

As of Wednesday evening, Bushkill Drive was open to traffic.

After a rough winter and now this spring sogginess, Mette is ready for a change.

"I just want summer to be here real soon. We have a business, we need to get moving with work, and rain and snow, it gets in the way," she said. "No one's working today so we lose a day of pay so it's not fun but we can't control the weather."

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