Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) Thursday announced the state would commit $125,000 for a temporary fix to the Solomon Creek flood wall in Wilkes-Barre to try to prevent further erosion until a full repair can be made.
“I am glad the state is able to support the temporary fix to the Solomon Creek flood wall,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration will continue to monitor this situation closely and work with local and federal officials for a long-term solution to this serious issue. I want to sincerely thank Sen. Yudichak, Rep. Pashinski and Mayor George for their swift response and commitment to ensuring the safety of Wilkes-Barre’s citizens.”
In the evening of December 9, 2016, approximately 40 feet of the Solomon Creek flood wall along Brook Street collapsed.
The immediate short term solution consists of repairing the failure location with a moment slab style wall for a distance of approximately 48’ between existing wall construction joints. This will eliminate the risk of more of the wall collapsing.
"Mayor George has worked non-stop to find funding to repair the damaged Solomon Creek flood wall, and with the Governor's release of $125,000 in state funds, we are one big step closer to addressing the long-standing problems related to Solomon Creek,” said Sen. Yudichak."I would like to sincerely thank Gov. Wolf for his commitment to assist Sen. Yudichak and me to secure much needed funding for the Solomon Creek emergency," said Rep. Pashinski. "I am pleased to announce the Governor along with the House and Senate Appropriations staff have released $125,000 to jump start the construction necessary to protect the residents and businesses in the South Wilkes-Barre area.”