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Severe Storms Cause Heavy Flooding In Titusville

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TITUSVILLE - 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 at around 9 p.m., Tuesday; by 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, emergency crews had to close down at least a dozen roads in the area.

Reports at that time showed up to 11 inches of standing water, in some areas.

Dave Sterling owns "Old Fashion Hair Cuts" in downtown Titusville.  He spent Wednesday 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 front porch and I saw the walls start caving in," said Titusville resident, Barbara Messenger.

Messenger's home is located directly next to the Church Run stream.  Messenger said her basement was full with 4 inches of water, and she was told to evacuate her house.

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

Many residents in Titusville experienced natural gas leaks, basement flooding, and power outages.

The destruction was almost too much for emergency crews to keep up with.
 
"At some point, we just couldn't do anymore because there was so much rain, so we almost just had to wait until it quit," said Titusville Chief of Police, Gary Thomas. "Our guys spent the night putting out flares, checking for standing water, and running water and telling people not to drive through it."

Now, the Titusville Fire Department and Department of Public Works will start the clean-up process.

They're working quickly to get debris off the streets, clear roadways, and get Titusville back to normal.

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