The cleanup continues in the City of Pine Forest. The city caught the attention of Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock Townships in Pennsylvania, sending help from almost 1,600 miles away.
“For a town in Pennsylvania, so far away, to pick our little hometown here, it’s pretty incredible.” Said Mike Lea.
Lea lives right next door to city hall and is also a councilman.
During the floods, he walked over to the building and tried to refuge electronics and other important documents but the water was too high.
Recently, the two townships in Pennsylvania joined together to “adopt” Pine Forest to get employees back on their feet.
“They have offered us some business supplies, desks, conference table, everything we needed to get our office up and running since our city hall was destroyed.” Said Mayor Cathy Nagel.
Nagel explained her councilmembers have been hosting meetings outside of city hall in the meantime and recently got a trailer as a temporary office.
Over 98% of the city was under 5 to 10 feet of water for nearly two weeks after Harvey.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of support of our community in helping the City of Pine Forest get back up and running. It’s our region helping get a Texas local government back in operation to help its own citizen’s” noted Tunkhannock Township Zoning Officer Kate Lambert, who has helped formulate the program.
Nagel said the supplies will be delivered later this week.