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Clean up continues in Mercer County after flooding

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Mercer County, Pa. -

Just a week ago, areas in Mercer County experienced significant flooding.

The West Salem Township Board of Supervisors in Pennsylvania approved a declaration of emergency.

That declaration will give officials the ability to buy items needed for repairs without waiting for 30 to 90 days. However, with no state or federal dollars, some projects in the region will remain on hold.

Clean up from flood damage continues in Greenville and West Salem Township.

In Greenville, on North High Street, Jan and Tom Benson's home was hit the hardest.

The Benson's raised four sons at the home over 20 years, but last week, they lost almost everything they have due to the heavy rainfall.

It tore down their fence and washed water into their home along with mud.

Their sons cleared out almost six rooms of furniture and tossed ruined items that brought back a flood of memories. 

Kevin Benson said, "We are all pitching in when we can. Right now, it's me and my brother, and buddy Zach. We got things into dumpsters pretty much. We're just getting the rest of what we can save into totes and loading them on a U-Haul. You really don't realize all the things you have until something like this happens."

At the house next door, Janice Price told 21 News there was water rushing everywhere.

Price said, "I had about six feet of water in my basement. I have renters insurance, but it does not cover a flood. We lost our washer, our dryer, and everything we stored in our basement."

Price said that the Presbyterian Church, Cross Roads, and another church came in and helped us clean out our basement.
 

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