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UPDATED: Governor Wolf Provides Update on Yesterday’s Flash Flooding and Ongoing Damage Assessments

August 31, 2018

UPDATED 1:09 PM, Saturday, September 1:

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf provided an update on yesterday’s flash flooding and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) ongoing efforts to develop damage assessments and address unmet needs in the impacted counties.

“Yesterday, Pennsylvania experienced significant flash flooding that impacted roads, bridges, homes and critical infrastructure,” Governor Wolf said. “PEMA will work with local municipalities to develop damage assessments and address unmet needs. We continue to urge Pennsylvanians to monitor driving conditions to stay safe this weekend.”

Yesterday, the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) at PEMA was activated in response to flash flooding in central and southcentral Pennsylvania. PEMA is in contact with local emergency management officials to provide damage assessments and to address any unmet needs related to the heavy rains and flash flooding in parts of central and southcentral Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is deploying road construction crews, engineers, and inspectors to assist local municipalities. All local CRCCs are deactivated.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf advised this evening that the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is activated and in contact with county emergency management officials to address any unmet needs related to this afternoon’s heavy rains and flash flooding in parts of central and southcentral Pennsylvania.

“Safety is always our priority and I urge residents to monitor the forecast with more scattered storms possible this evening that could bring significant amounts of rain and flash flooding,” Governor Wolf said.

“The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is in constant contact with local emergency management officials to coordinate and respond as needed. Thank you to the emergency responders for doing all that they can to help those affected by flooding and to keep people informed and safe.”

As of 6:00 p.m., PennDOT advised motorists that several roads, including US 322 near Route 72 in Lebanon County, routes 283 and 230 in Lancaster County and Route 30 in York County were closed, but are now reopened due to water receding. PennDOT crews will be inspecting impacted roads for damage.

As always, motorists should be alert and watch for standing water on roadways throughout the area. They should never attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Motorists should be aware of the possibility of flooding throughout the evening and be cautious as floodwaters and damaged roads may be more difficult to see at night.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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