MACUNGIE, Pa. – The current from the mountain stream, an offshoot of the Swabia creek, barely moves through Macungie.
However, Ron Beitler recalls a drastically different scene.
“It’s the street, up the curb. Three and a half feet of water in the basement,” he said.
In August Tropical Storm Isaias dumped up to eight inches of rain across the Lehigh Valley, causing the Macungie stream to overflow into Beitler’s basement.
“It’s just a sinking feeling because there is nothing you can do. You can sit here and monitor it but nothing you can do to mitigate it,” he said.
For Beitler it caused $2,000 worth of damage to his business. It was all out of pocket, as he didn’t have flood insurance.
“I think it rings true for most people on this block. No one has insurance because something like this has never happened before,” said Beitler.
“The damage is