Northeastern Butler County was hit hard by serious flooding Wednesday afternoon after heavy rains fell.
Major flooding took place in Allegheny, Donegal, Fairview and Parker townships as well as Bruin, Cherry Valley, Chicora and Petrolia.
Flooding also took place in Buffalo and Winfield townships.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh did not have an exact tally of rainfall, but meteorologist Lee Hendricks said that it is possible that up to 5 inches fell Wednesday.
“There was a good deal of unusually heavy rain,” Hendricks said.
Several major roads, including Route 268 in Petrolia, Bruin and Fairview Township, Route 68 in Chicora and Route 38 in Cherry Valley, had to be closed. Flooding left some cars stranded on the roads.
Parts of other roads, including Hooker Road, Slippery Rock Road and Butternut Road, also were washed out.
Although many basements and roads were flooded, Butler County 911 reported no injuries.
The county 911 took nearly 30 flood-related calls between 1:15 and 4 p.m. About 10 fire companies responded, with the Bruin and Petrolia volunteer fire departments in charge.
Larry Gifford, a firefighter with the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department, said that the worst flooding he ever saw took place in 1980.
“But, (Wednesday was) probably the closest to what we had in ‘80 (since then),” Gifford said. “It was pretty bad.”
He said there were 4 to 6 inches of water at the intersection of Main and Jamison streets. He said heavy rain created a lot of runoff and led to the south branch of Bear Creek flooding.
He said a few stores in the borough as well as the Petrolia Community Park had damage.
Chief Randy Bowser of the Worthington Volunteer Fire Department said that he did not return home until 10 p.m. Wednesday because of the flooding. He said that many houses had several feet of water in their basements.
In Chicora, Mary Rafferty of 109 Spring St. was putting up with her third flood in 12 weeks.
“This is just getting so old,” Rafferty said.
Rafferty lives at the bottom of a hill below Chicora Elementary School, where runoff from drainage pipes caused flooding.
Her insurance company will not cover the incidents. She spoke to the borough, who told her to talk to the Karns City School District, since it owns the pipes. When she spoke to the district, officials told her to talk to the borough.
She said that other houses on her street have similar problems, but she gets the worst of it.