Rising Above the Floodwaters

Music, dancing benefit storm victims

July 15, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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Dennis McCurdy, a local lawyer, plays with his band Lonesome No More on Sunday at Jergel's Rhythm Grille during a fundraiser for flood victims.

WARRENDALE, Allegheny County — Residents of Harmony and Zelienople shook off the muddy floodwaters of the past two months and danced Sunday to the music of local artists during a fundraiser to help flood victims.

Community members staged Rising Above the Floodwaters, as the event was titled, at Jergel's Rhythm Grille, just south of Cranberry Township.

Residents of Harmony decided to put on the event, which featured musical performances, after heavy rainfall in May and June led to several flooding or near-flooding incidents. The event raised money for the affected communities such as Harmony that was inundated in May after heavy rainfall.

Listening to Dennis McCurdy, a local lawyer, belt out original tunes, residents such as Joe White of the Harmony planning commission remembered the history of flooding from Connoquenessing Creek.

“Well ... if dateline Harmony didn't hit the front page of USA Today after Hurricane Ivan,” White recalled. “The world at large took it to mean that Harmony was destroyed. Fortunately, the death calls of Harmony were premature. But that was our wake-up call.”

White said the region's flooding problems are tied to commercial and residential development in areas such as Jackson Township.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Cranberry Eagle.

Linda Kotzbauer and Carl Johnson dance along to Dennis McCurdy playing with his band Lonesome No More on Sunday at Jergelís Rhythm Grille during a fundraiser for victims of recent flooding.

People gather at Jergel's Rhythm Grille to listen to Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors on Sunday during a fundraiser for flood victims.

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