Southwestern Pa. borough blames DEP for flooding

BOSWELL, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania borough hit by flash flooding twice in the last two months says the state Department of Environmental Protection is to blame.

Boswell Water Authority officials Tony Deluca tells WJAC-TV (http://bit.ly/1flvwx9) that Boswell didn’t used to flood when a reservoir and dam sitting in the woods above the town was still there.

But Deluca says DEP officials were concerned about the dam breaking and flooding the borough about 50 miles southeast, so they threatened a $10,000 fine, plus $500 more per day. As a result, Deluca says the town breached the dam last year — but now the runoff that used to collect in the reservoir is causing flash floods.

A DEP spokesperson says the dam wasn’t designed for flood control and was in disrepair. Officials plan to assess the latest damage and issue cleanup permits.

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Information from: WJAC-TV, http://www.wjactv.com

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