Clean up is underway in Northampton County's Slate Belt Community.

Flash flooding caused major destruction to homes, roads and bridges in the Slate Belt.

Five communities have issued disaster declarations.

The damage just south of Monroe County is widespread and it’s something people there have never seen before.

It’s day five of pumping water. Carol Commins tells us her husband woke her around four Sunday morning that Martins Creek came up over its banks in Washington Township. The first storm in their 54 years on Lower South Main Street to do so.

Commins says, "It was scary because we didn’t know how much the creek was going to flow."

Commins shows us how it rose to her steps and went into her storage shed but her neighbor suffered far worse.

Commins says, "Went into their garage, their basement filled up, their well and their septic and their two cars were destroyed."

Commins also got about two feet of water in her basement from a backed up culvert pipe. The flood water damaged the road. Lower South Main has been closed since as PennDOT crews continue to work on it.

PennDOT Safety Press Officer Sean Brown says, " Unclogging pipes, clearing debris, drying the roadway and currently we’re paving the roadway to hopefully open it up within a day or two."

The approach to this nearby bridge on Little Creek Road in Lower Mount Bethel was washed out. Neighbors tell us it’s one of two damaged on the road, but this one is not structurally sound.

Neighbor Chip Black says, "The bridge is new, the bridge is within a year and a half or so, maybe two tops. They put that pavement on maybe two days before this happened. Wiped it away like it was paper towels."

Black tells us the flash flood escalated in about 15 minutes and agrees it nothing he’s ever seen in 30 years. The water came ripping through his yard ruining his pond, outdoor structures and two vehicles.

Black says, "It was like a freight train running through our property."

Lower Mount Bethel manager tells us the damage across the township is extensive. They declared a disaster in hopes of getting residents help.

Manager Jennifer Smethers says, "We’re encouraging the residents to go to the county’s website or the townships website and fill out the damage survey. That damage survey is going to help us so that we can get the county declared as a disaster."

The goal is to get detailed damage reports to state and federal emergency agencies to be eligible for funding.