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Federal decision not to build levee now divides a flooded Pa. town
WEST PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) ' Residents of a flood-stricken Pennsylvania town say a levee could have protected them from recent floods but for the opposition of wealthy citizens who didn't want a dike spoiling their view of the Susquehanna River.
The truth is more complicated. While many people in town did oppose a levee system, it was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that made the ultimate decision to leave the borough unprotected.
Forty percent of West Pittston borough was flooded when the Susquehanna left its banks and inundated hundreds of homes and businesses. Statewide, extensive flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee prompted President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration.
One resident of upscale Susquehanna Avenue says she and her neighbors are being scapegoated for the government's decision.