‘We had to do something’


Middletown Area teachers band together to help flood victim By Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff Yvonne Helmer and her grandson Daunte Cruz came home after the flood to discover there was little left. “The first thing we saw was my grandson’s teddy bear,” Helmer said. The bear was lying in the smelly floodwaters that…

In Royalton, anger over boro’s response to flood


by Debra Schell / Press And Journal Staff : 10/7/2011 Video         Photos Six years ago Amy Benner moved from Harrisburg to a home along the Swatara Creek in lower Royalton. Last month’s flood was her first disaster. The creek, which flows behind her home, filled the streets with water. “We were new to this. We…

Down, but not out


Press And Journal Photo by Debra Schell- James Snook kisses his daughter, Kerri Twaddell, Friday afternoon as they picked through what was left of his home on Few Avenue in Middletown. In flood’s wake, a mountain of trashed memories By Jim Lewis and Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff The floodwaters have receded, leaving its…

Three pair of sneekers, Day 2


Starting with my second pair of shoes, I thought I was better prepared  for the hours ahead. After the first day of photographing flood waters rise and victims being rescued from boats, I thought I had seen the worst of the damage to our town, but not so. I had planned to edit the enormous…

Swept away


First an earthquake, then a hurricane, then, seemingly out of nowhere, a flood unseen since the days of Agnes, overtakes the region with devastating effect. In its wake, at least four dead, thousands forced from their homes, and damages yet to be calculated. By Jim Lewis, Debra Schell and Garry Lenton Press And Journal Staff…