Montoursville Mayor John Dorin feels the time has come for his community to build a dike for flood protection.
"This can't keep happening. Something has to be done," he said.
The mayor spent part of Friday morning surveying the damage with U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Howard.
What they saw were homes and businesses in the West Broad Street area inundated by water from nearby Loyalsock Creek and a railroad bridge crossing the stream damaged "beyond repair," as the mayor put it.
The unmistakable odor of fuel permeated the west end of town, the result of a tank washing downstream and spilling its contents.
Mill Street, which runs next to the creek, was damaged by flooding.
With flood waters receding since Thursday, the cleanup in Montoursville, as in other communities, is well under way.
"We hosed Broad Street off," the mayor said. "People were upset. People are crying. I can understand that."
Some residents affected by flooding had the foresight to move household possessions to upper floors of their homes.
But others weren't as quick to heed flood warnings.
Dorin said the borough will pick up flood-damaged household materials from the street curbs.
In Muncy, flood waters remained in the north side of town along Main and Market streets, according to borough Secretary Mary Lynne Rager.
"We have had wonderful coordination among the fire department, police and borough workers," she said. "We had a lot of help from volunteers. It is a wonderful Mayberry town type feeling."
Haliburton workers, she noted, were among the volunteers helping with the cleanup efforts.
A shelter at the Ward L. Myers Elementary School for people displaced by flooding now is closed.
Borough residents with flood-damaged materials are being asked to set them on curbs for pick-up by the borough. Rager urged them not to include garbage among throw-away materials.
Hughesville Mayor Walter Reed said the fire company was very busy early on in the cleanup efforts, pumping out water from flooded basements.
He said he knew of three homes in the borough that sustained structural damage.
Meanwhile, a water line break prompted a boil water advisory for residents of the LAM development off Route 118.
"This advisory will be in place until we get a new pipe," he said.
In Picture Rocks, water remained on some streets Friday, according to Borough Manager Bill Dorman.
"The water is going down, but it's slow," he said. "Water Street and Center Street are the worse areas. There's some water in Boston Cove."
Volunteer firefighters, he noted, were busy pumping water out of basements.
Dorman said he still had 3 inches in his own basement Friday morning.
"At one time, I had 5 feet in my basement," he added.
Jersey Shore often is among those communities hardest hit by flooding but was spared any devastation this time.
For that, Mayor Dennis Buttorff is thankful.
"Lawshe Run overflowed," he said. "There were people who had water in their basements. That was about the extent of the whole thing."
Montgomery Borough Manager John Lynch reported cleanup efforts Friday in his community amounted to picking up debris washed onto roads from flooding and pumping out basements.
"I think we made out better than other places," he said.
Second Street and a few other roads were flooded for a time.
A boat was needed to pick up at least two people who were stranded by flooding on South Broad Street, he said.