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Firefighters free those stranded in floodwaters

May 23, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Several cars and recreational vehicles were submerged in floodwaters of 5 feet or more Sunday morning at an RV campground near Chambersburg, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to Twin Bridge Meadow Family Campground west of Chambersburg at about 4:50 a.m. for a water rescue, Franklin Fire Co. Chief Mark Trace said.

"When we arrived, we found several campers taking on water," Trace said.

The people inside were asleep and were unaware of the flooding, he said.

"We basically had to wake them up and assist them to dry land," he said.

Some of the people were able to evacuate themselves and firefighters helped eight others get out, he said.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for small streams in Franklin County and northeastern Fulton County. That advisory was set to expire at 2:45 this morning.

Flooding could result from this weekend's heavy rainfall of 4 to 5 inches, according to the National Weather Service's website.

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Flooding was reported along the Conococheague Creek, the advisory stated. It warned of flooding around Worleytown and Bino roads.

Franklin County's 911 Center reported the following road closures:

o Kings Lane in Peters Township

o Parnell Drive in Peters Township

o Jack Road in Hamilton Township

o Woods Road in Peters Township

o Creek Road in Letterkenny Township

Some of the vehicles at the campground were left underwater, Trace said. The water was deep enough to cover car roofs and firefighters weren't positive how many vehicles remained underwater, he said.

He said there might have been as many as three or four campers and two or three cars left underwater.

The campground owner provided hotel accommodations for some of the campers, Trace said.

-- Heather Keels and Jennifer Fitch

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