Nancy Run firefighters rescued 8-9 vehicles stranded along Willow Park Road, where an angry Nancy Run Creek overflowed. In addition, they pumped water out of twenty basements. But the damage was more serious throughout the Township.
According to Kutzler, about $20,000 was spent for manpower and equipment. In addition, the bottom of Sculac Road, near the Lehigh River, will need to be re-paved. But the big ticket item, at $75,000 is the repair of a one-acre sized detention at Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, behind Farmersville Elementary School. Its liner needs to be replaced. In addition, a dozen sinkholes have sprung up in the now empty pond. "We have to repair that," stated Kutzler, who added that the pond is Township-owned.
The Township will apply for assistance from FEMA, through Northampton County Emergency Management Services.
Commissioners also heard several complaints from Township residents about storm water run-off, particularly along Willow Park Road. In 2006, Lafayette College conducted a study of an 800-acre drainage area along Santee Road. Dr. David Brandes, who supervised the this water investigation, concluded that 80% of the drainage was coming from Bethlehem.
(Above is a picture of Nancy Run Creek, raging close to Willow Park Road, the day after Hurricane Irene.)