Governor Wolf Outlines Additional Efforts in Northeast Pennsylvania for Winter Storm Clean Up

March 15, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that PennDOT will maintain round-the-clock deployment of its regional crew for storm clean up in the northeast including the distribution of 199 plow trucks, 48 loaders, 18 graders, 24 anti-icing trucks, 311 equipment operators, and the addition of 124 temporary operators responsible for plowing 8,488 lane miles of roads. PennDOT has shifted to secondary road clearing, while continuing to keep interstates and expressways passable.

“This storm has taken a toll on people and equipment in many communities, but specifically the communities in the northeast.” Governor Wolf said. “The state is taking additional steps to relieve some of that burden and will maintain on-site resources as long as deemed necessary.”

Resources Shifted to NEPA Prior to the Storm

Before the storm, Governor Wolf made a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which allows for the commonwealth to get resources to communities as quickly as possible when requested. In addition, the governor shifted PennDOT resources to northeast Pennsylvania to help with the storm response and clean up. PennDOT deployed an additional five trucks and ten equipment operators along with a supervisor from its northwestern Pennsylvania district into the five-county PennDOT northeast Pennsylvania district. Three Mobile Equipment Teams were dispatched to northeast Pennsylvania in addition to the resources that were currently deployed there. Each team consists of five plow trucks, 10 equipment operators, and one supervisor. Teams were dispatched from PennDOT’s northwestern Pennsylvania district to the Scranton area, from the Pittsburgh-area district to Monroe County near Stroudsburg, and from southwestern Pennsylvania to the Lehigh Valley area.

Nearly 350 PA National Guard members have been strategy deployed in the northeast to provide critical medical transports, as well as support for state police patrol on secondary roads.

PEMA is Actively Processing Resource Requests

As many communities are still in response mode, PEMA is working diligently to process their resource requests working with the counties. In addition, six PEMA staff deployed as liaison officers to work in county emergency management offices where requested: Bucks, Carbon, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lancaster and Union counties.

It will take several days for storm costs to be reviewed and submitted to PEMA. We encourage municipal governments to track damages and costs and report them to their respective county emergency management agency.

Motorists can continue to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles by visiting PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Locator plow tracking tool is available for all of the more than 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks, with vehicle locations viewable on 511PA.

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