Storm forces 125 to evacuate Scranton apartment building
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.
The roof on the Lutherwood apartment building in Scranton blew off from the high winds Monday.