Storm forces 125 to evac­u­ate Scran­ton apart­ment build­ing

The Citizens' Voice - - Region - BY BORYS KRAWCZENIUK STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: bkrawcze­niuk@timessham­rock.com 570-348-9147; @Bo­rys­blogtt

SCRAN­TON — Of­fi­cials evac­u­ated about 120 el­derly and dis­abled res­i­dents who live at Luther­wood be­cause strong winds blew off large por­tions of the apart­ment build­ing’s flat roof just be­fore dawn Mon­day.

The roof deck re­mained in place, but with up­per lay­ers ripped away, rain dripped and some­times poured into the up­per two floors and be­gan seep­ing into lower floors of the six-floor, 125-apart­ment build­ing at 1 Lake Scran­ton Road, fire of­fi­cials and res­i­dents said.

Of­fi­cials re­ported no in­juries to res­i­dents or res­cue per­son­nel, though res­i­dents clearly left in shock.

Cars with rel­a­tives and friends lined Lake Scran­ton Road wait­ing to pick up res­i­dents who will have to stay some­where else for an un­de­ter­mined pe­riod. Oth­ers shel­tered at a nearby church where the Amer­i­can Red Cross cre­ated a tem­po­rary shel­ter.

The Luther­wood dam­age lik­ley marked the worst in­ci­dent as strong winds moved through the re­gion Sun­day evening into Mon­day. Strong winds knocked down trees or dropped limbs onto power lines through­out the re­gion. PPL Elec­tric Util­i­ties re­ported more than 2,100 cus­tomers with­out power as of 3 p.m. Only 88 cus­tomers re­mained with­out power as of 9:30 p.m.

One tree fell on a Pine Street home in Dun­more. The wind also top­pled out­door fur­ni­ture, tossed around empty res­i­den­tial garbage cans and gen­er­ally scat­tered tree limbs, leaves and other de­bris on streets through­out Lack­awanna County. No in­juries were re­ported.

Luther­wood of­fi­cials called Scran­ton fire­fight­ers at 5:32 a.m. Mon­day. City fire­fight­ers ar­rived to find lengthy pieces of roof flapped over the side of the build­ing from end to end. One large flap touched the ground. Roof de­bris was strewn about a park­ing lot and lawn.

JA­SON FARMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

The roof on the Luther­wood apart­ment build­ing in Scran­ton blew off from the high winds Mon­day.

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