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Severe Storms Cause Heavy Flooding in Titusville

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Evening and early morning storms created a mess for many people around the region.
    
One of the hardest hit areas was Titusville, where rain poured for more than 14 hours straight.
    
The rain started around 9 p.m. Tuesday. By 3 a.m., emergency officials closed down at least a dozen roads. There was 11 inches of standing water in some areas.

Dave Sterling owns "Olde Fashion Hair Cuts" in downtown Titusville. He spent the morning pushing debris and water away from his shop.
    
"I've actually had the shop here for 20 years, but I've lived here all my life. And I have never seen it rain here, the way it did last night," said Sterling.

Perhaps the hardest hit neighborhood is near "Church Run," where a typically calm stream turned into a raging torrent.

"I was standing on my porch and I saw the walls caving in," said resident Barbara Messenger.

Messenger lives right next to the stream. Her house is the yellow one. She said there is four inches of water in her basement, and she was actually told to leave her home.

"The fireman said just to go to somebody else's house and stay last night," she said.

Many residents in Titusville experienced natural gas leaks, basement flooding, and power outages. It was almost too much for crews to keep up with.
 
"At some point, we just couldn't do anymore because there was so much rain, so we almost had to wait until it quit," said Titusville Chief of Police Gary Thomas. "Our guys spent the night putting out flares and checking for standing water and running water and telling people not to drive through it."

Now, the fire department and public works are starting the clean-up process. They're working quickly to get debris off the streets, clear roadways, and get the town back to normal.
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