Governor Wolf Thanks Emergency Personnel, Provides Update on Continuing Storms and Flooding
July 24, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today thanked emergency personnel and first responders as they continue to work to address the effects of heavy rains in much of the central and southcentral portions of the state. Flash floods, stranded motorists, downed trees and closed roads have all been reported in counties across central Pennsylvania.
“Our emergency agency personnel – state, county and local – are singularly focused on helping Pennsylvanians in need during all emergencies and specifically now during those that are weather-related,” Gov. Wolf said. “My sincerest thanks to them for their dedicated work as the state continues to handle the effects of severe rain storms affecting much of the central third and eastern portions of the state.”
The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was activated this morning at PEMA with staff in the Situation Awareness, Logistics, and Plans Support sections to plan operations and staffing throughout the rest of the week.
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.
The risk of flash flooding is high as the storms move northeasterly throughout Wednesday. Numerous small streams and creeks have flooded, closing roads and forcing some evacuations. There are limited power outages and no major road closures. “The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and local emergency management agencies are working around the clock to address needs,” Gov. Wolf said. “As of this hour there are no major road closures, but I urge those traveling to use extreme caution and to plan travel routes accordingly since there are rural roads closed in numerous mid-state counties.”
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.