Governor Wolf Provides Update on Weather-Related Flooding Response

September 10, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today provided an update on the weekend’s flooding and Pennsylvania’s response to its effects in areas across the state, especially in the southwest, central, and southeast regions.

“The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is working closely with county emergency management personnel to monitor conditions as water levels rise and fall on commonwealth waterways,” Gov. Wolf said. “State agencies are on alert in the event that state resources are needed in order to respond to incidents.”

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA is staffed with additional personnel to monitor conditions and maintain situational awareness.

“The barrage of rain and accompanying flooding in many parts of our state is putting a lot of stress and strain on Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Wolf said. “I want to reassure residents and businesses that I and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, local emergency responders, and state agencies are doing everything we can to assist.”

PennDOT advised that the numerous roadways affected by flooding will remain closed until water recedes and roads can be checked for any damage. Motorists can see incident alerts – such as closures due to flooding – on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting and clicking “Incidents.” 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.

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

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The PUC continues to monitor utility storm response and outage reports, along with statewide forecasts. Heavy rains continue to cause isolated outages, especially in western and southwestern Pennsylvania.

Rain associated with the current weather system will be moving out of Pennsylvania today and into this evening, but the flood threat continues through midweek on rising streams and creeks. Residents should continuously monitor local conditions; be alert for high water.

“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,” Gov. 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 throughout the week.”

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