Monday, July 23, 2018

SCEMA Monday Evening Update

On Monday, Schuylkill County received significant rainfall during the overnight of Sunday to Monday July 23, which severely impacted several of the communities in the western portion of our county. 

The public works crews, first responders, emergency managers, state and county agency personnel and elected and appointed officials took measures to deal with the immediate impact which included closing roadways, rescuing stranded motorist and residents and providing shelter. 

Throughout the day, clean up, repair and assessment of damage was on-going. Water rescue groups from fire stations in Schuylkill Haven, Mahanoy City, Ryan Township and Exeter Twp (Berks County) provided support, as well as high clearance vehicles from Friedensburg, Strausstown, Sacramento, Pine Grove and the Army National Guard from Fort Indiantown Gap.

Based on information provided by the National Weather Service, we may face additional days of rainfall that could further disrupt our communities. 

Shelters were open in Pine Grove and Tremont and supported by the American Red Cross to deal with the impacted residents. The shelters will remain operational until at least Tuesday July 24. 

 The locations are the Pine Grove High School and the Tremont Ambulance Association Building. 

SCEMA urges any individual who feels they may be at risk during an overnight rain event, to please go to one of the shelters this evening. 

Waiting until you are threatened by flooding conditions puts you and first responders at risk.

Many state highways in the Pine Grove and Tremont area were affected by the flooding event. 

 Penn DOT supervisors and crews were in the area throughout the day inspecting roadways and bridges and effecting repairs. 

As of 4:30 P.M.SR 645 in Pine Grove Township near the intersection with SR 443 remained closed. 

The public can utilize the PA 511 app to check road closures and travel conditions in the area. 

 Fire stations are continuing to pump water from flooded basements but will be suspending all operation at dusk due to safety concerns. 

Please do not drive through water on a flooded roadway. Remember “TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.”