Visnews filmed Jan 23 the continuing operation to stem with discarded rail trucks and rubble the flow of the Susquehanna River into Wilkes Barre Mine, near Pittston, Pennsylvania.
Visnews filmed Jan 23 the continuing operation to stem with discarded rail trucks and rubble the flow of the Susquehanna River into Wilkes Barre Mine, near Pittston, Pennsylvania. Hope of recovering 12 miners trapped in the flooded mine was almost abandoned. The East region of the river has been declared a major disaster area.
The icy waters of the rain-swollen river were not expected to be stemmed from flowing into the mine for some days, thus delaying rescue work.
Into the ever-widening gash of the mine rescue gangs dropped rail trucks...one-hundred small mine cars...huge boulders...planks of timber and bales of straw...to try to stem the flow of the river. One rail truck sank into a freakish whirlpool, then was carried crazily down the rushing river.
The cave-in washed away a large chunk of the shore...and it may be Sunday before the hole finally is closed off. The water underground is spreading into a huge honeycomb...dug out in more than seventy years of mining in the Wyoming valley.
Eleven nearby mines have been closed as a precaution against the dangerous floods. This cuts off a million dollar weekly payroll for 10-thousand men.
Thirty-three men, have come out of the mine alive. Some walked seven hours in freezing water, waist deep. Ten were in Pittston hospital, being treated for shock and exposure.
Other states hit by floods were Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and New York. The Red Cross feared some 3,500 homes have been destroyed.