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Residents Cleanup After Flooding In Chadds Ford

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. -

Flooding impacted portions of Delaware County, especially the Chadds Ford area.

Even though the water started subsiding Thursday, it still left a major impact.

Peter Skiadas did his best to sweep and mop up his flood damaged restaurant Hank's Place.

“I have to change the floor because it’s soaked up now," he said.

Water flowed into his Chadds Ford eatery after heavy rains filled up the Brandywine Creek to a near record level of 16 feet, flooding Route 1 near Creek Road.

“My wife came crying last night. She closed as a matter fact early, knowing. But I was lucky I have insurance and I’m hoping insurance can cover some of the damage," Skiadas said.

Rob Sparre watched the flood waters rise at his office on Creek Road from home, thanks to a camera set up on the outside of his business.

"I have a choice to make at night. Do I want to stay here at the office and probably be able to be an island and nobody can get to me but at least I can deal with issues or do I want to go home and know that I can get back here until the water goes down," he said.

The river broke the glass into the basement, filling it up with several feet of water.

He hasn’t been able to survey the damage yet.

"We knew enough to bring up about 15 boxes of old papers and they’re in the conference room," Sparre said.

A nearby branch of Bryn Mawr Trust had water pumped from their basement thanks to the flood.

The Sonoco across the street also has some major cleaning up to do.

“It’s something that’s out of our control, so I guess it is a scary thing," Chadds Ford resident Martha King said.

Roadways, including a section of Route 1, were shut down.

At least one truck tried to navigate the high waters.

Others had to go around.

“A little bit of an inconvenience because I’m a little bit time limited, but I’ll get through it," driver Rosemary Botes said.

Skiadas said he's dealt with flood damage twice since buying Hank's Place 24 years ago.

He remains optimistic he’ll be back open by the weekend.

"These local people, it’s something missing. They have to come into Hank’s Place for coffee, good food, good service and gossip too," Skiadas said.

Flood stage at Brandywine Creek is 9 feet.

Its expected to be below that level by midnight.

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