June 29, 2006

Wilkes-Barre residents allowed to return to PA town

WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Residents of the
historic Pennsylvania coal town of Wilkes-Barre can return home
at noon, ending a mandatory evacuation after the city's levees
held following intense floods, an official said on Thursday.

"As 12 p.m. today, we are lifting the evacuation order,"
said Greg Skrepenak, chairman of the Luzerne County board of

A mandatory evacuation was ordered on Wednesday evening for
up to 200,000 people in the region.