Emergency shelter opens in Oakdale for flood victims

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OAKDALE, Pa. - The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter for flood victims in Oakdale -- one of the hardest-hit areas during Wednesday’s storm.

The shelter is at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute, and officials said there is food and water available. There are also cots to sleep on.

Oakdale residents told Channel 11’s Lori Houy that Wednesday’s flooding was the worst they have seen since Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Businesses, including Pepperoncini’s Pizza and Wings, were damaged during the storm.

Floodwaters overturned booths and other items inside Pepperoncini’s.

Owner Tim Burke said, “It’s kind of emotional thinking of all the work, time and effort that's involved.”

Burke said he hopes to have his business reopened in a month.

Lillie George’s home was damaged by floodwaters in 2004. She rebuilt her home on blocks to prevent as much damage as possible from future flooding.

“We just opened up the door and let it run out,” said George. “I was OK because I knew it wasn't coming up that far, and if it gets up 8 ½ feet then I start worrying.”

Fire crews said they pumped water from dozens of businesses and homes Thursday.