The logo of the United States National Weather Service. The source page states that is not an “official” version but it looks very close to the version used on NWS’s website. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mayor Thomas Leighton has met with City officials and emergency services chiefs and announced the following minimum precautionary measures in the areas of Solomon Creek and Hollenback Golf Course in accordance with the storm predictions from the National Weather Service over the next 36 hours.
• The bridge located at Waller and South Franklin Streets will be closing at 5:00 p.m. today.
• The Barney and Regent Street bridges will remain open while weather conditions are monitored throughout the evening hours.
• Police and Fire Departments will monitor creek levels and flood prone areas throughout the storm.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Luzerne County administration is rethinking plans to cancel participation in a state bug spraying program, sources say.
County management eliminated $75,000 from the 2013 budget for blackfly spraying because the state did not supply documentation showing the program has proven results. The administration had planned to conduct spraying in-house if problems surfaced.
However, some County Council members and citizens expressed concern about pulling out of the program.
Prior commissioners considered a similar spraying cancellation on the advice of an outside financial recovery consultant in 2010, but they reversed their decision after the state warned the Susquehanna River generates “tremendous numbers of adult gnats that will adversely impact outdoor recreation activities throughout the county.”
The Pennsylvania Game Commission charged Paul A. Zook, 28, of the 100 block of Geist Road with two misdemeanors of the state Game and Wildlife Code.
One count is for killing an endangered or threatened species and one count is for unlawful taking and possession of protected birds.
Zook, an Amish farmer, could face up to two years in jail and fines up to $5,000 if found guilty and depending on the feelings of the judge. In addition, a judge could require Zook to pay up to $5,000 to “replace” the eagle.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clinton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
LOCK HAVEN – Hurricane Sandy has this region buzzing about the potential loss of power, high winds and even high water.
City officials are aware of the situation and ask everyone to cooperate to get through the next few days as the remnants of the superstorm blow through the region.
The city does not have enough temporary stop signs to cover every intersection with traffic signals, so if the electricity goes out and the signals go dark, drivers will have to use care, City Manager Richard W. Marcinkevage said.
“Use common sense and the rules of the road,” he advised.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Bradford County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
With the expected onslaught of Hurricane Sandy looming, shoppers on Sunday in Bradford County stocked up on groceries and the county commissioners signed a Declaration of Emergency.
“We’re taking the position that we don’t want to underestimate any part of this storm, and we’re trying to be very proactive at getting in front of this incident so everything is in place before we need it,” said John Ambrusch, the county’s emergency manager.
“Our public information officer is pushing out the information to all media outlets, and has made contact with all EMS officers and staff.”
In a prepared statement, the county warned the public that winds will gradually pick up during the day today and “are expected to become very damaging, at their peak intensities from Monday night into Tuesday morning.”
People have forgotten about the devastation caused by September’s flooding in various parts of Pennsylvania. Here is a good example of the where things are five months later!
Redner’s Warehouse Market will not reopen in the Mark Plaza, Edwardsville, Pa., a spokesman said Tuesday.
The store was under water in September when the Susquehanna River crested at 42.66 feet and has been closed since the flooding.
“Due to it being in a known flood zone, it was cost prohibitive for us to reopen the store,” said Redner’s spokesman Eric White. “The lease has been terminated for that location and we will not be rebuilding or relocating our store in the Mark Plaza.”
The store had been in the Mark Plaza for more than 10 years. Mr. White said Redner’s has not chosen a new location, but customers who have suggestions can send them through its website at http://www.Rednersmarkets.com
2011 has been a year of disasters. As we recover from the freak snow storm on Saturday, many still without power, let us look back on the flooding which devastated parts of Pennsylvania and follow-up on the recovery efforts being made.
Athens, Pa. – On Maple Street in Athens Borough on Saturday, residents were making progress: some were spackling, some were insulating, some were putting up drywall, and one was ready for a break.
The street was inside a zone so devastated by the flood of nearly two months ago that, in the days just after the flood, people had to pass a Pennsylvania Army National Guard checkpoint to enter.
Four major bridges remain closed after last week’s heavy flooding in the Wyoming Valley. The Market Street Bridge, Eighth Street Bridge, Water Street Bridge and the Stone Bridge are all closed to traffic. This has created congestion problems on the North Cross Valley Expressway. If you are traveling in the Wilkes-Barre area, you may want to allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
KINGSTON– Mayor James Haggerty said portable metal flood gates installed at the Market Street Bridge saved the municipality from the swollen Susquehanna River. Kingston officials spray painted a white high-water mark on the side of the wall near the Market Street Bridge.
Kingston Mayor James Haggerty and Kingston Emergency Management Coordinator Tom McTague look over the dirt and rock that Kingston dumped near the flood gates to help stop leaks at their base. But not before a few tense hours late Thursday night into Friday morning.
Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, PA will reopen today at noon! The college evacuated their students and closed in the wake of the recent historic flooding in Wilkes-Barre. Sunday sports and events are cancelled except for Mass in the chapel at 8 p.m. Classes will resume Monday.
The City of Wilkes-Barre also lifted their mandatory evacuation order on Saturday for those areas unaffected by flooding.
The Susquehanna River crested nearly four feet higher in Wilkes-Barre than originally announced. A gauge malfunctioned that measures the river level. The river actually crested at a level higher than Hurricane Agnes in 1972 (40.91 feet) and set a record of 42.66 feet Friday morning.
This high level of water is straining the levee system to its maximum. Water is leaking into downtown Wilkes-Barre through the flood gates on the Market Street Bridge.
The levee at Forty Fort is also compromised and in danger of collapse. Governor Corbett has strongly urged Wyoming Valley residents to head evacuation warnings.
Evidently it is not uncommon for gauges to malfunction during high water events.
Flood waters have claims five lives in the midstate and two people are missing. Dauphin, York, Lancaster and Lebanon counties all reported deaths related to flooding.
Front Street in Harrisburg has flooded. The Shipoke section of Harrisburg was evacuated along with the Governor’s Mansion. Several blocks in Midtown had power shut off to force residents to evacuate. An 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew has been issued by the mayor’s office.
The Susquehanna River at Harrisburg is predicted to crest at 26.5 feet at around 8 p.m. this evening.