(TNS) — As the rain dropped in torrents the night of June 19, Al Bino was inside his Spring Township home, hustling from window to window to watch the swollen creek spilling into his backyard.
Then Bino saw something he’d never seen in the 26 years he’s lived on Wheatfield Road.
Water started pouring through his front door and into the home.
“It’s happening,” he yelled to his wife, Deborah. “Water is coming in.”
Soon it was streaming in through every door in the house, and pushed in the double garage doors.
When the storm ended the next morning, the Binos were left with a wet, muddy mess throughout their home. Outside, a dozen of Deborah’s hens had been washed away, their big coops swept somewhere toward the Cacoosing Creek.
While cleaning up, the couple thought about the severe storms now occurring more frequently and the toll they’ve taken on their home, and they made a decision.
“We have to leave here,” Deborah said. “It’s like a wetlands now. And this house is toast.”
The Binos are like many in Berks, dealing with destruction from storms and worried that the drenching rains and flash floods that have repeatedly hit the region in the past year will keep coming.
According to the 150 years of data used by the National Weather Service, 2018 was the wettest year in Berks, with 68.08 inches of precipitation measured at Reading Regional Airport.
This year is ahead of last year’s pace, with 38.21…