Governor Wolf Provides Update Water Rescues, Road Closures from Flash Flooding

August 13, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf advised today that several state agencies continue to work with local responders to assist those impacted by flash flooding in central, northcentral and eastern Pennsylvania as 10 shelters have been opened in five counties to assist evacuees and three rescue helicopters have been deployed. The governor urged residents to monitor the forecast with more scattered strong storms possible this evening that could bring significant amounts of rain and flooding.

“The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is in constant contact with local emergency management to coordinate and respond to flash flooding in many areas today,” said Governor Wolf. “Safety is always our priority and I commend the emergency responders for doing all that they can to help those affected by flooding and to ensure Pennsylvanians are informed and safe.”

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was activated this morning at PEMA, assisted by staff from the departments of Health, Human Services, Transportation, Military and Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection, Conservation of Natural Resources, in addition to PEMA staff.

As of this afternoon, nine counties have activated their Emergency Operations Center and PEMA is working closely with them and is providing assistance when needed. The Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (HART), operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and National Guard, has deployed three helicopters to Columbia County where residents have been trapped on the roof of their homes by rising flood waters. No deaths have been reported from the flooding at this time.

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

The following roads are closed in eastern Pennsylvania as of this afternoon:

Bucks County

• Route 113 between the intersection with Souderton Square and Mall Road and Bethlehem Pike in Hilltown

Chester County

• Route 345 between the Intersection of Ridge Road and Bulltown Road in Warwick and Conestoga Road in East Nantmeal
• Yellow Springs Road in Tredyffrin Township
• Byers Road between Township Line Road and Senn Drive in Upper Uwchlan.

Delaware County

• Eagle Road between the intersection of Warrior Road and Burmount Road.
• Darby Paoli Road between the intersection of Byrn Mawr Avenue and Goshen Road.

Montgomery

• I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) is closed in both directions between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Exit 28 in King of Prussia.
• Route 73 from Plank Road in Skippack Township and Lucan Road in Whitemarsh Township
• Conshohocken Road in Plymouth Township
• Henderson Road at Beidler Road in Upper Merion Township
• Trinity Lane between Route 320 and Swedeland Road in Upper Merion Township
• Park Avenue/ Pawlings Road from Audubon Road and Appledale Road in Lower Providence Township
• Waters Street/ Mill Road from Grange Avenue to Mill Road/ Skippack Creek Road in Skippack Township
• Linfield Trappe Road from Lewis Road in Limerick Township to Township Line Road in Upper Providence Township
• Sanatoga/ Linfield Road from Limerick Center Road in Limerick to Pleasant View Toad in Llwer Pottsgrove Township

The following roads are closed in east central Pennsylvania as of this afternoon:

Berks County

• PA 625 between Philadelphia and Mt. View roads in Cumru Township;
• PA 724 between Furnace Street in Birdsboro Borough and Shed Road in Union Township;
• (complete)PA 61 North between Lake Shore and Indian Manor drives in Ontelaunee Township;
• Belleman’s Church Road between Garfield and Indian Trail roads in Centre Township;
• Leesport Avenue between Snyder Road and Huller Lane in Ontelaunee Township;
• (complete) Main Street between Cross Keys Road in Bern Township and Wall Street in Leesport Borough;
• (new) PA 724 between Unionville Road in Union Township and Scholl Road in North Coventry Township, Chester County.

Lehigh County

• Haasadahl Road between Becker Street and Hickory Lane in Upper Macungie Township;
• Vera Cruz Road between Limeport Pike and Pam Road in Lower Milford Township;
• Limeport Pike between Bell Gate Road and Chestnut Hill Church Road in Lower Milford Township;
• Schantz Road between Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie Township and Cetronia Road in Upper Macungie 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;
• Cetronia Road between Schantz Road (east) and Schantz Road (west) in Upper Macungie Township;
• Trexlertown Road North between Hamilton Boulevard and US 222 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.

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;
• US 209 between Coal and Wood streets in Port Carbon Borough;
• Market Street between US 209 in Port Carbon Borough and 7th Street in East Norwegian Township;
• Pottsville Street between East Norwegian Street in Mechanicsville Borough and Market Street in Port Carbon Borough;
• Darkwater Road between Peach Mountain Road and PA 61 in New Castle Township;
• Main Street between PA 924 and Borough Line in Gilberton Borough;
• PA 645 between Roberts and Unknown roads in Pine Grove Township;
• PA 895 between Veterans Memorial Drive and Marstown Alley in Pine Grove Township;
• PA 443 between Laurel Street and Pine Grove MFG Homes in Pine Grove Borough.

The following roads are closed in northcentral Pennsylvania as of this afternoon:

Bradford

• Route 6 between Route 14 in Troy Township and Saco Road in North Towanda Township.

Columbia

• Route 239 between Route 487 in Benton and Route 118 in Jackson Township.
• Route 487 between Zaners Bridge Road in Fishing Creek Township and Camp Lavigne Road in Sugarloaf Township.
• Route 1007 (Stony Brook Road) between both intersections with Route 487 in Orange Township.
• Route 1019 (Cemetery Road) between Freas Avenue in Berwick and Martzville Road in Briar Creek Township.
• Route 1022 (Zaners Bridge Road) between Route 254 in Greenwood Township and the Luzerne County line in Fishing Creek Township.
• Route 1031 (Asbury Road) between Winding Road and Zaner Bridge Road 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 4020 (Green Creek Road) between Mt. Pleasant Road and Rohrsburg Road in Orange Township.
• Route 4041 (Rohrsburg Road) between Route 487 and Neyhart Road in Orange Township.
• Route 4049 (Central Road/Elk Grove Road) between Route 118 and the Sullivan County line in Sugarloaf Township.

Lycoming

• Route 42 between Route 118 in Jordan Township and Route 220 in Davidson Township, Sullivan County.
• Route 220 between Route 405 in Wolf Township and Route 87 in Cherry Township, Sullivan County.
• Route 2055 (Chippewa Road) between Route 405 in Muncy Creek Township and Beacon Light Road in Muncy Township.

Sullivan

• Route 154 between Route 220 in Laporte Township and Route 87 in Forksville.
• Route 220 between Route 87 in Cherry Township and Route 405 in Wolf Township, Lycoming County.
• Route 2002 (Main Street) between Route 220 in Davidson Township and Nordmont Road in Laporte Township.
• Route 2006 (Hunters Road) between Christian Camp Road and Nordmont Road in Laporte Township.
• Route 2008 (Christian Camp Road) between Hunters Road in Laporte Township and Whiskey Road in Davidson Township.

Tioga

• Route 2005 (Old Route 15) between Wilson Lane in Blossburg and Route 660 in Covington Township.

Motorists should be alert and watch for standing water on roadways throughout the area. They should never attempt to drive through flooded roadways.

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