Elkland resident trying to recover after “total loss” from flooding


A little lake sits on someone’s lawn. it was not there before Friday when Elkland got pummeled by heavy rains and flooding.

There’s a small dike just steps away that separate the residents from the creek. The creek overflowed with water and submerged this entire area along Pattison Avenue.

“Kind of mind-blowing,” Shawn Kilburn, a resident in the neighborhood, said. “Nothing you can do but watch it come in and destroy everything you have.”

About a foot of water flooded Kilburn’s home, damaging everything they own.

“Our stove, refrigerator, dishwasher,” Kilburn said, as he described what he lost. “Clothing that was two-feet or lower, the beds are gone, all furniture is gone.”

his homeowner’s insurance won’t cover his losses. He also does not have flood insurance.

“Pretty much it’s a total loss,” Kilburn said. “Much easier to burn it down and start over.”

He and his wife made a decision, they will be moving out of the neighborhood.

“We don’t really have a choice,” He said. “If I put something back there, what’s to say a month down it won’t happen again?”

He says Elkland needs help and action needs to be taken. 

“There’s a lot of people affected by this,” Kilburn said, “Not just me, this whole area.”

An emergency flood meeting was taking place at the Elkland Fire Hall at 7 p.m.

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