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The PLS property got severely flooded and damaged during the storm, so as Pete mentioned, no trains will be running and it's all hands on deck to get the place cleaned up. They still did not have electricity last I've heard, but maybe that has changed.

A report from Mike Moore yesterday:
Barb and I made it up to the club this afternoon. The club was hit pretty hard. The water was 3 feet deep in the clubhouse, 18" deep in the 1"storage building, and over the second level in the locomotive storage building. The gauge 1 shed was completely under water and everything inside drowned. Both the 1" and 1 1/2" main lines are washed out in places. The electricity is out so there is no water.Both porta-johns floated and landed on their sides. All the wooden picnic tables floated up to the clubhouse.

The meet is canceled.

Rich Poletto and I got everything out of the gauge one shed to start to dry it out. Hopefully we will get electricity back and can wash out the shed and wash off the track.
It's such a downer that this happened right before the meet, just added insult to injury on top of all the work that has to happen.


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Here's another update from a PLS member:

"Pennsylvania Live Steamers has been clobbered. The Perkiomen Creek,
upon whose floodplain the PLS campus is constructed, is a particularly
flashy stream. The runoff from Hurricane Ida's rainfall caused its
level to rise to its highest level on record; it exceeded the recording
capability of the USGS gaging station 1/2 mile upstream, so there is no
instrumental record of the flood height -- just strand lines on
buildings on the property. All buildings were flooded including the
clubhouse with the metal shop, kitchen, and meeting room which is the
highest building on the property. At the moment there's a huge pile of
print material waiting for a dumpster -- the library, club records, and
photo archives. The building will need to be gutted and reconstructed
internally. The wood shop, one of the lowest buildings, was totally
inundated, as was the equipment shed where all mowers, etc., were
stored. The 7-1/4" gauge loco storage building was flooded, and those
locos on the lower storage tiers were under water. There are a lot
of saddened and busy ride-on folks in the club at the moment.

"The Gauge One permanent railway didn't suffer all that much. Pressure
washing has removed the nearly 1/4" of mud deposited all over the track
and roadbed. The G1 storage shed was totally under water (vs. the
half-immersion in summer 2020 from Hurricane Isaias -- the prior record
of flooding) but that has given us a chance to clear out the unnecessary
gritch and clean up and organize our tools and supplies. The G1's mower
has been rehabbed; I just cut the mud-covered grass this morning, and
the G1 railway is starting to look good once again. On the other hand,
the ride-on facilities, plus the permanent club infrastructure, still
have a lot of work to be done in the days ahead. In the end we'll all
come through this 'leaner and meaner'. "

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What a shame, reminds me of the flood at the Moulin du Gavot where JVR lived, we split all his engines and cars between us to wash and clean them out before the rust set in while he was busy with the contractors rebuilding his house. His workshop, library and much equipment was in the basement of the house which was a mill.
I do wish all the best to the team in Pennsylvania.
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