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07/25/2018

State Agencies Coordinating Response, Monitoring Conditions at PEMA

Harrisburg, PA - With heavy rain and the threat of flooding continuing Wednesday for much of eastern Pennsylvania, state agencies are monitoring conditions to respond quickly to keep citizens safe.

“Heavy rains caused flash flooding overnight and forced people from their homes and we understand this weather is difficult for many Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “We want people to be safe: help your local first responders by keeping an eye on conditions, checking on your neighbors, especially the elderly, limiting unnecessary travel, and being prepared to leave if you must.”

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was fully activated this morning at PEMA with staff from: Pennsylvania State Police; the departments of Military of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection, Human Services, Transportation, and Health; the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the Fish and Boat Commission, the Game Commission, the Public Utility Commission, the Turnpike Commission, and the American Red Cross.

Additional agencies not covered under the activation were asked to continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to staff the CRCC if the need arises.

State agencies continue to monitor the forecast for bands of heavy rain that could quickly produce dangerous flash flooding. Many small creeks and streams have flooded, causing road closures and evacuations in multiple counties, but no major roads are currently closed. While only minor Susquehanna River flooding is expected at this time, anyone with river interests should keep an eye on conditions as forecasts will continue to change.

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 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.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

J.J. Abbott - jjabbott@pa.gov

Ruth Miller - ruthmiller@pa.gov 

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