Harrisburg, PA - As Governor Tom Wolf and officials tour impacted areas of central Pennsylvania today, they provided the following update on the multi-day weather event that affected much of the central portion of the state:
“As I tour Schuylkill County this morning and central Pennsylvania throughout the remainder of the day, I want to again thank first responders and emergency personnel who have worked tirelessly to help community members and keep us apprised of the impact of this weather event around the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “We will continue to keep all Pennsylvanians’ safety in the forefront during clean-up efforts.”
The flash flood event has ended with most creeks that have flooded already crested with levels falling. Several flood warnings are still in effect for central Pennsylvania waterways, including the Swatara, Penns, Yellow Breeches, and Conodoguinet Creeks and the Susquehanna River.
The weather outlook calls for clearer skies with lower humidity, but a few severe storms are possible late today and Friday, so residents are asked to continue to closely monitor the forecast.
As of 10 a.m., a total of 107 roads are closed due to flooding. No major highways are closed at this time.
Even if flooded waters have receded from across roads, PennDOT may opt to keep roads closed if it believes they are damaged. Bridges will be assessed for structural safety, which may take a few days depending on the number involved. PennDOT will continue to provide updates.
Drivers should not attempt to drive through flooded areas or bypass barricades set up around flooded areas. 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.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles including road closures by visitingwww.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.
Public Utility Commission:
Utilities across the state continue to address isolated outages caused by fallen trees and other storm-related problems, while also monitoring areas where service was interrupted because of flooding. When flood waters recede, utility crews will inspect those locations and assess when it is safe to restore service.
Consumers are urged to remain focused on safety, including reporting outages to their utilities, avoiding downed lines and staying clear of trees, limbs or other objects that may come in contact with utility lines.
Pennsylvania State Police:
Impacted stations continue to monitor the situations and report closures, evacuations and other significant weather-related events to the Department Watch Center as they occur. They are also remaining in contact with local emergency management offices.
The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) is still activated but expected to deactivate sometime today.
Governor Wolf, PEMA Director Flinn, PSP Acting Commissioner Evanchick, and DMVA Adjutant General Carrelli will offer a press briefing this afternoon at 3:15 at PEMA, 1310 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.
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.
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