Governor Wolf Provides Update on Officials’ Visit to Flooded Regions of the State, Latest Road Closures

August 14, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – As heavy rains continue to cause flooding in central and northern Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf provided an update on current conditions, county disaster declarations and what Pennsylvania Emergency Management Director Rick Flinn and PennDOT officials encountered on visits to several heavily impacted areas of the state.

“At my direction, PEMA Director Flinn and PennDOT officials visited a number of areas that were hit hard by the rains over the past few days,” Gov. Wolf said. “These rains arrived on the heels of heavy rain in late July, not giving areas in central and north central Pennsylvania time to fully recover.

“It is important that PEMA and PennDOT officials are on site interacting with local emergency management personnel to hear from them and residents how these areas are affected and what help is needed.”

PEMA Director Flinn, along with county emergency managers from Schuylkill and Columbia counties, visited areas where flood waters receded, revealing buckled roads and mud-soaked homes. Survivors and businesses were already recovering from considerable flooding that washed out a number of communities only a few weeks ago.

“We need to reduce the burden survivors face when trying to put their lives back together, only to be faced with yet another destructive blow,” Dir. Flinn said. “We will work tirelessly with county and local emergency managers to find the resources to help our Pennsylvania communities recover.”

Where rain continues in Pennsylvania’s northeast counties, flash flooding still poses a dangerous threat. Multiple residences in Bradford County and a non-profit library were swept from their foundations by flood waters.
The Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART) deployed to Bradford County, in the area of New Albany and rescued individuals who had been swept from their homes.

The PA-HART remains in the area for further search and rescue and additional teams have been deployed to Susquehanna County for water and water-based search and rescue.

PA-HART is a partnership between the PA Fish & Boat Commission and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and is a team made up of water rescue technicians and a helicopter, working together to ensure needed rescue equipment is accessible as quickly as possible.

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) at PEMA remains partially activated. Situation Awareness, Logistics/Planning and the Fish and Boat Commission are present and coordinating emergency efforts. PEMA is also working with the National Guard to ensure personnel are at-the-ready if and as needed.

The emergency operations centers in Columbia, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties remain activated.
Seven counties have declared disaster declarations – Susquehanna, Bradford, Wyoming, Sullivan, Columbia, Schuylkill, and Lackawanna. A county disaster declaration primarily provides for relaxation of procurement protocols so supplies and equipment can be obtained more quickly to meet immediate needs.

PennDOT advised motorists that numerous roads and bridges are impacted due to flooding.

The following roads are closed in north central Pennsylvania as of 3:00 p.m:

Bucks County

  • Limeport Road between Allentown Road and the Lehigh County line in Milford Township

Delaware County

  • Darby Paoli Road between Roberts Road and Goshen Road in Radnor Township

Montgomery County

  • Route 320 (South Gulph Road) between Upper Gulph Road/Old Gulph Road and Arden Road in Upper Merion Township

The following roads in east central Pennsylvania are closed as of 12:00 p.m. today:

Berks County

  • PA 625 between Philadelphia and Mt. View roads in Cumru Township.
  • Leesport Avenue between Snyder Road and Huller Lane in Ontelaunee Township.

Lehigh County

  • Haasadahl Road between Becker Street and Hickory Lane in Upper Macungie Township.
  • Limeport Pike between Bell Gate Road and Chestnut Hill Church Road in Lower Milford Township.
  • Indian Creek Road between Macungie Road in Lower Macungie Township and Cedar Crest Boulevard in Upper Milford Township.
  • Spring Creek Road between Trexlertown and Mill Creek roads in Lower Macungie Township.
  • East Texas Road between John Fries Drive and Willow Spur Road in Lower Macungie Road.
  • Cetronia Road Between Grange Road and Trexlertown Road in Upper Macungie Township.

Monroe County

  • Locust Ridge Road between Cherry Blossom Lane and Lackawanna County Line in Coolbaugh Township.

Northampton County

  • Raubsville Road between Hexenkoph and Morgan Hill roads in Williams Township.
  • Durham Road between Coffeetown and Raubsville roads in Williams Township.
  • Lehigh Drive between South 25th Street and Adamson Street in the City of Easton.

Schuylkill County

  • Fountain Road between PA 125 in Frailey Township and PA 25 Hegins Township (closed since previous storm).
  • Helfenstein Road between Hunter Road in Eldred Township and High Road in Butler Township (closed since previous storm).
  • PA 125 between Scenic and Creek roads in Eldred Township (closed since previous storm).
  • Dutchtown Road between Barry and Tiley roads in Eldred Township;
  • Market Street in Port Carbon Borough.
  • Main Street between PA 924 and Borough Line in Gilberton Borough.
  • PA 924 between Eagle Rock Lodge in East Union Township and Chestnut Hill Drive in Hazel Township, Luzerne County.

The following roads in northcentral Pennsylvania are closed as of 3:00 p.m.:

Bradford County

  • Route 6 between Route 14 in Troy Township and Saco Road in North Towanda Township.
  • Route 6 between Goff Road in Standing Stone Township and Coolbaugh Road in Wysox Township.
  • Route 187 between Coyle Road in Wilmot Township and Wyalusing/New Albany Road in Terry Township.
  • Route 187 between Route 6 in Wysox Township and Wyalusing/New Albany Road in Terry Township.
  • Route 187 between Route 467 in Rome Township and the end of Route 187.
  • Route 220 between Harney Road in Albany township and Route 414 West.
  • Route 1017 (Herrickville Road) between Route 409 in Wyalusing Township and Mercur Road in Herrick Township.
  • Route 2010 (Wyalusing/New Albany Road) between Route 220 in New Albany and Rienze Road in Terry Township.
  • Route 2024 (Liberty Corners Road) between Route 2027 and Kingsley Hill Road in Towanda Township.
  • Route 409 between Route 6 and the end of Route 409 at Camptown in Wyalusing Township.
  • Route 1023 (Keene Summit Road/Irish Bridge Road) between Route 467 Rome Township and Grimes Road in Wysox Township.
  • Route 1049 (Leraysville Road) between Route 187 in Windham Township and Gulf Road in Warren Township.
  • Route 4011 (Rolling Hills Road/Church Street) between Berwick Turnpike Road and Main Street in Smithfield Township.
  • Route 4017 (Leona Road) between Route 6 in Troy Township and Kingsley Road in Springfield Township.

Columbia County

  • Route 339 between Dog Town Road and Shadow Mountain Lane in Beaver Township.
  • Route 487 between the two intersection of Route 239 in Benton Township and Benton Borough.
  • Route 1020 (Winding Road) between Route 487 and Ridge Road in Fishing Creek Township.
  • Route 1022 (Zaners Bridge Road) between Route 254 in Greenwood Township and the Luzerne County line in Fishing Creek Township.
  • Route 4004 (Ridge Road/Quarry Road) between Interchange Road in Hemlock Township and Route 11 in Montour Township.
  • Route 4008 (Back Branch Road) between Millerton Road and Whites Church Road in Mt. Pleasant Township.
  • Route 4009 (Millville Road) between Route 42 in Hemlock Township and Route 11 in the Town of Bloomsburg.
  • Route 4019 (Derrs Road) between Route 44 and Nichols Road in Madison Township.
  • Route 4025 (Ants Hill Road) between the Montour County line and Liuzza Road in Madison Township.
  • Route 4026 (Perry Avenue) in Montour and Hemlock townships.
  • Route 4049 (Central Road/Elk Grove Road) between Route 118 and the Sullivan County line in Sugarloaf Township.
  • Route 4049 (Camp Lavigne Road) from Route 118 to Route 487 in Sugarloaf Township.

Lycoming County

  • Route 405 between Main Street and Chestnut Street in Muncy Borough.
  • Route 1005 (Lower Barbours Road) between Route 87 and Dunwoody Road in Plunketts Creek Township.
  • Route 2009 (Muncy Exchange Road) between Clarkstown Road and Fogelman Road in Muncy Creek Township.
  • Route 2014 (John Brady Drive) between the intersection of East Lime Bluff and Industrial Park Road in Muncy Creek Township and Route 405 in Muncy Borough.
  • Route 2044 (Penn Street) between Williams Street in Muncy Creek Township and South Main Street in Muncy Borough.
  • Route 2055 (Chippewa Road) between Route 405 in Muncy Creek Township and Beacon Light Road in Muncy Township.
  • Route 2067 (Wallis Road) between Route 442 in and Dairy Farm Road in Moreland Township.

Montour County

  • Route 44 between Sportsmans Road and Gearhart Road in Anthony Township.
  • Route 54 between Shed Road in Derry Township and Front Street in Washingtonville.
  • Route 54 between Route 44 in Limestone Township and Valley Road in Valley Township.
  • Route 1004 (Arrowhead Road) between Route 54 and PP and L Road in Anthony Township.
  • Route 1011 (Fox Hollow Road) between Route 44 and the Lycoming County line in Anthony Township.
  • Route 3003 (Narehood Road) between Steckermill Road and Mexico Road in Liberty Township.
  • Route 3010 (Steckermill Road) between Route 54 in Derry Township and Narehood Road in Liberty Township.
  • Route 3010 (Steckermill Road) between Route 54 in Derry Township and Narehood Road in Liberty Township.

Northumberland County

  • Route 1025 (Shakespeare Road/Shakespeare Avenue) between Route 45 and Hobbes Road in East Chillisquaque Township.
  • Route 1029 (Creek Road) from Route 642 to Mexico Road in East Chillisquaque Township.

Sullivan County

  • Route 2002 (Main Street) between Route 220 in Davidson Township and Nordmont Road in Laporte Township.
  • Route 3005 (Ogdonia Road) between the Lycoming County line in Shrewsbury Township and Route 87 in Hillsgrove Township.
  • Route 4001 (Elk Creek Road) between Route 87 in Hillsgrove Township and Route 154 in Elkland Township.
  • Route 4009 between Campbellville Road and Millview Mountain Road in Elkland Township.
  • Route 4014 (Estella Spur) between Route 154 in Elkland Township and Millview Mountain Road in Forks Township.
  • Route 4016 (Campbellville Road) between Route 4009 in Elkland Township and Warburton Hill Road in Forks Township.
  • Route 4018 (Dushore Overton Road/Main Street) between Kelly Hill Road in Forks Township and Churchill Street in Dushore Borough.

Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare, and motorists can check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at 511PA.com.
PennDOT cautions motorists to remember to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission stated that as of 2:00 p.m. today, utilities reported approximately 4,400 outages across Pennsylvania related to storms and flooding – down from an overnight total of just over 18,000 outages. Damage assessment and repair work are ongoing, but damage to roads and high water are still preventing crews from reaching some sites, while in other locations power lines have been deenergized to allow emergency responders to conduct water rescue operations. Crews will continue to assess and track damage and will move forward with restorations when it is safe to perform work.
The PUC offers tips for consumers dealing with flood damage here: http://www.puc.pa.gov/about_puc/press_releases.aspx?ShowPR=4067

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