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Where is Shickshinny? Shickshinny, PA Borough Population ~835 (2012 Estimate – and peak was 2,451 in 1930) 8900 vehicles pass through SR 11 and SR 239.

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2 Where is Shickshinny?

3 Shickshinny, PA Borough Population ~835 (2012 Estimate – and peak was 2,451 in 1930) 8900 vehicles pass through SR 11 and SR 239 daily. Limited services 1 grocery store 1 bank 1 gas station 1 restaurant with table service Volunteer Fire / Rescue / Ambulance No police department Resources available across the region for recreation Shickshinny – Handicapped accessible boat launch, playgrounds, Susquehanna Warrior Trail, hiking trails Regional – rock climbing, hiking, scenic overlooks

4 Shickshinny is Highly Susceptible to Flooding (10 floods in past 10 years, 3 of these “Major”) 48.1HEIGHT OF THE INSTRUMENT SHELF. INUNDATION AT THIS POINT WILL STOP GAUGE FROM OPERATING RECORD FLOOD STAGE OF SEPTEMBER 8, REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM LEE. 41MAXIMUM EFFECTIVE DESIGN OF LEVEE PROTECTION FOR THE CITY OF WILKES-BARRE. LEVEE HEIGHT ABOVE THIS LEVEL MAY NOT PROVIDE PROTECTION. 40.9FLOOD STAGE FROM HURRICANE AGNES...JUNE 24, NESCOPECK BOROUGH BEGINS TO FLOOD. 35DUNDEE AREA IN HANOVER TOWNSHIP BEGINS TO FLOOD. US RTE 11 IN EDWARDSVILLE FLOODS. 33MOCANAQUA BEGINS TO FLOOD. 32MAIN STREET IN SHICKSHINNY FLOODS. 31HOLLENBACK PARK IN WILKES-BARRE...DURYEA AND WEST PITTSTON ARE AFFECTED. THE BROOKSIDE AREA BEGINS TO FLOOD. 30MAJOR FLOODING BEGINS. US ROUTE 11 IN AVONDALE IS COVERED BY FLOOD WATER. MAIN STREET IN SHICKSHINNY BEGINS TO FLOOD. FLOODING BEGINS TO AFFECT AREAS OF WILKES-BARRE UPSTREAM OF NORTH STREET BRIDGE...INCLUDING COURT HOUSE. 29US RTE 11 IN SHICKSHINNY IS CLOSED. RIVER ROAD IN PORT BLANCHARD AND WEST PITTSTON BEGIN TO FLOOD. PP&L RIVERLANDS FACILITIES BEGIN TO FLOOD. 28MODERATE FLOODING BEGINS. US RTE 11 IN WEST NANTICOKE IS CLOSED. CANAL STREET IN WEST NANTICOKE BEGINS TO FLOOD. 27US ROUTE 11 IN WEST NANTICOKE AND RIVER ROAD IN PLAINSVILLE BEGIN TO FLOOD. 24CANAL STREET IN SHICKSHINNY AND LOWLANDS IN PITTSTON BEGIN TO FLOOD. 22MINOR FLOODING BEGINS. LOWLANDS IN PLAINSVILLE...PLYMOUTH FLATS...WEST NANTICOKE AND SHICKSHINNY FLOOD. MAXIMUM EFFECTIVE DESIGN OF LEVEE PROTECTION IN THE CITY OF WILKES-BARRE IS 41 FEET.

5 Road to Recovery – How Should it Work? Major Change / Disaster Focus on basic needs and immediate future Now What / Idea Generation All Hands participation Energy / Positive Thoughts Planning & Choice Making Master Planning Organization births Partnerships Inflection Points & Positive Change Improved Community Economic Growth Better Prep

6 ShickshinnyForward Formed in January (c)(3) since July, % volunteer organization Partner with borough government, regional education institutions, other recovery groups, other small communities, other non-profits, and local and regional businesses Organization Statistics: 70% of volunteers do not live in the borough 90% of volunteers do not live in the flood plane 85% of our charitable contributions come from business and individuals from outside Shickshinny welcomes all to live, work, and play in a safe, vibrant, attractive River Town community and area hub of recreation, culture, business and community activity

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8 Road to Recovery – What Really Happens? Major Change / Disaster Focus on basic needs and immediate future Neighbors helping neighbors Now What / Idea Generation All Hands participation Negative Energy / Negative Thoughts “Why Can’t it Be???” “If only we had…” “It will never be the same” Personal Agendas surface Planning & Choice Making Master Planning Organization births Partnerships Infighting Lack of Trust Lack of Transparency Short Term needs can usurp long term goals Organization resources dry up Inflection Points & Positive Change Improved Community Economic Growth Better Prep Organization resources dry up Slow build towards renewal COMMUNITY TRAUMA

9 Community Trauma Much like with individuals, repeated trauma to a community increases the possibility of symptoms including learned victimization and learned helplessness. Those residing in an area of repeated disasters exist in a situation of anxiety and hyper-vigilance. A loss of control is a hallmark of the traumatic experience. Direct involvement in recovery, both micro and macro, reduces feelings of helplessness and hopelessness as it enhances a sense of control regarding stressful situations. Wilkes Barre Gauge LevelDate 1)42.669/9/2011 2)22.831/27/2010 3)22.013/5/2008 4)22.963/16/2007 5)34.146/28/2006 6)30.884/4/2005 7)26.053/30/2005 8)24.751/15/2005 9)34.969/19/ )22.843/22/ FLOOD LEVEL

10 Key Lessons Organization Building / Capability Building is a long burn Build skills in the community now Establish 501(c)(3) orgs now, to secure grants later Don’t wait for the disaster to master plan Control your own destiny now – take advantage of ‘blue sky’ periods; break down barriers, generate interest, inventory resources and capabilities Change is inevitable – build plans to address the continued trauma

11 ShickshinnyForward Shickshinny welcomes all to live, work, and play in a safe, vibrant, attractive River Town community and area hub of recreation, culture, business and community activity. President: Brian Phillips Vice President: Daniel Hinchcliff Sec / Treasurer: Michael Grier Brand / Program Mgmt: Amanda Birk Get Involved in Your Community PO Box 69, Huntington Mills, PA, call Exec Board meetings (public welcome) 3 rd Monday of each month, 630PM Shickshinny Borough Building 35 West Union Street Shickshinny, PA | | Calendar Org Info Communication to the ShickshinnyForward Executive Board


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