Governor Wolf Provides Update on Weather-Related Flooding and Road Closures
August 13, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today advised on how the state is working to assist those affected by the heavy rains over the weekend and those forecast through tomorrow. The rains are bringing flash flooding and related emergencies to parts of central Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is working with county and local emergency management to ensure residents are safely evacuated and receiving necessary services as PennDOT monitors road closures.
“Our emergency agency personnel – state, county and local – are focused on helping Pennsylvanians in need as many parts of central Pennsylvania face another round of heavy rain and flash flooding,” Gov. Wolf said. “My sincerest thanks to them for their dedicated work as the state works to handle the effects of severe rain storms affecting much of the central and eastern part of the state.”
The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was activated this morning at PEMA with staff in the Situation Awareness, Logistics, and Health sections to plan operations and staffing as needed. The Pennsylvania National Guard was given a warning order to ensure availability of personnel should they be needed in impacted areas.
PennDOT advised motorists that numerous central Pennsylvania roads are impacted in the area due to flooding.
The following roads are closed as of this morning:
- Route 11 between Keefers Lane and Wolf Hollow Road in South Centre Township.
- Route 1005 (Hidlay Church Road) between Fowlersville Road and Ridge Road in North Centre Township.
- Interstate 476, northbound, right lane closed by flooding at Mile Marker 8.5
- Route 241 between Route 341 and Lawn Road in South Londonderry Township
- Route 44 between Bob Drick Road in Washington Township and Route 15 in Gregg Township.
- Route 442 between Township Alley in Muncy Creek Township and Moreland Baptist Road in Moreland Township.
- Route 2055 (Chippewa Road) between Route 405 in Muncy Creek Township and Beacon Light Road in Muncy Township.
- Route 2055 (Chippewa Road) between Route 405 and E. Lime Bluff Road in Muncy Creek Township.
- Route 2057 (Lime Bluff Road) between E. Lime Bluff Road and Route 405 in Muncy Creek Township.
- I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) is closed in both directions between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Exit 28 in King of Prussia.
- Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed eastbound between exits 333 and 326 in Valley Forge and westbound at the Norristown interchange.
- Route 44 between Route 405 in Delaware Township and Brimmer Avenue in Watsontown.
- Route 220 between Route 42 and Shipman Hill Road in Davidson Township.
- Route 2002 (Main Street) between Route 220 in Davidson Township and Nordmont Road in Laporte Township.
- Route 2001 (Beaver Run Road) between Route 45 and Cannon Road in Buffalo Township.
Motorists should be alert and watch for standing water on roadways throughout the area. They should never attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
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.
State agencies continue to monitor the forecast for numerous storms which will continue to bring significant amounts of rain and flooding to areas across southcentral, northcentral and eastern Pennsylvania through late Wednesday.
Flash flood threat continues through late Monday evening for much of eastern and central PA with more rain Tuesday and a break Wednesday before more unsettled rain Thursday and Friday and a potentially drier weekend.