A Pennsylvania Soaker
We are getting soaked this morning across the region. It's all part of the remnants of tropical depression Lee which is riding north along a cold front. The rain is prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the area... including Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties.
Near the Columbia – Northumberland County line... some people vacationing at the Knoebles Resort were evacuated from their campers... as well as some folks who are spending time at the J and D camp grounds. There is also a report of four people being evacuated from their RV's at the Ideal Camp grounds near Slabtown. The flood warning for Columbia County is due to expire late this morning.
A flash flood warning is posted for Luzerne County after Little Nescopeck Creek began taking a lot of water from it's tributary's. That has already produced flooding in area's of Hanover Township... especially the San Souci Highway. Other flooding was reported in Nuangola... where there was a reported partial structure collapse on Gay Street.
With all this rain here... as well as along the southern tier of New York State and northern Pennsylvania... we're keeping an eye on the Susquehanna River. The National Weather Service says the Susquehanna is forecast to rise rapidly over the next day... cresting at 25.4 feet by Thursday evening at 8 O'clock. That would create a lot of flooding along the river... and Fishing Creek. Flood stage in Bloomsburg is 19 feet. Flooding would include low lying areas of Bloomsburg and Montour County.
In particular... not only are the fairgrounds in the western part of Bloomsburg underwater... but the airport as well. We're keeping a watch on the situation... and we'll keep you informed.
The United Way of Columbia County is in its first full week of raising funds for 15 of its member agencies. But with the organization's major contributor... the R-R Donnelley plant on Old Berwick Road closing in October... the United Way's John Thomas says it make the job much tougher. The member agencies rely on the United Way to either fund all or part of their yearly budgets.
Despite the rain we've had the past day or so... preparations for the 157th Annual Bloomsburg Fair continue. Fair Association President Paul Reichart says he doesn't plan to see any difference between the expositions the past couple of years... and this year's event. The Bloomsburg Fair begins September 24th... and runs through October 1st.
Police in Hazleton continue their investigation into finding out who shot into two homes on East Mine Street this week. Cops say someone shot into a home at 144 East Mine Street with six people inside. A second home at 146 East Mine was also fired into, but no one was inside. Luckily... no one was injured.... and police are trying to figure out a motive.
A 28 – year old Hazleton man is in jail... charged with robbing a convenience store over the weekend. Police say Leonel Colon is charged with two felony counts stemming from the robbery of Craig's Food Mart on West Broad St. Colon was picked up after he was identified on surveillance video. He's now in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility awaiting bail.
The solar industry in Pennsylvania is reaching new historic levels across the state. According to Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, the state has reached 100 megawatts of installed solar capacity, which produces enough pollution-free electricity to power nearly 13-thousand homes a year. In four years, the solar industry has helped create more than 67-hundred jobs and spawned over 600 solar businesses.
Two area high school football teams will play their home openers this Friday night. The Blue Jays of Central Columbia will play Loyalsock in our game of the week. Coverage will begin at 6 O'clock with the Friday Football Commute on the WHLM stations... News Radio 930, 94.7and 104.3 as well as www.whlm.com
The Bulldogs of Berwick take on North Pocono at Crispin Field. You can hear that game on 103.5 / WHLM-FM. The coverage starts at 6 O'clock with The Coach Campbell Show.
Philadelphia / Atlanta
Vance Worley gave up two runs over six frames as the Phillies defeated the Braves 6 to 3. The victory comes following a nearly two hour rain delay. The Phils wrap up their three game homestand with the Braves Wednesday night. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.