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Bloomsburg Police Department Site
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Special Message From PennDOT:
Montoursville - More than two dozen flood-damage assessment teams are in the
field today across the nine north central Pennsylvania counties of PennDOT
Engineering District 3-0 which was hit hard by this week's deluge from Tropical
Storm Lee. With more than 250 of the district's state roads closed due to
flooding at the height of the event, there is plenty to review to ensure the
safety of the traveling public before roads can be reopened to traffic.
PennDOT reminds motorists to refrain from driving on closed roads until after
they are inspected and reopened by the department. Even after the floodwaters
recede, there may be damage that is not readily apparent. For example, the
roadway approaches to a bridge may visually appear to be intact from the
driver's view, but may in fact be undermined and ready to collapse under the
weight of a vehicle. (See attached photo)
Based on the area's impacted by flooding, the district will inspect some 1,900
state bridges and 3,100 miles of state highway. 14 bridge inspection teams have
been in the field daily since Thursday, while another 11 inspection teams are
assigned to concentrate on reviewing roadways for damage. Once floodwaters
recede, the roads are inspected on a priority basis, with interstates and
higher-volume traffic routes being reviewed first, then lower-volume routes.
Roads and bridges are reopened once the inspectors determine they are safe for
the traveling public.
Roads or bridges with moderate to significant damage will remain closed until
repairs or replacements can take place. Repairs, permanent and temporary, are
being started throughout the damage areas. At least four state bridges in the
district were destroyed in this week's flood. Some roadways also sustained
significant damage and will require contracts to be designed and executed to
PennDOT maintenance crews throughout the district remain on duty through the
weekend to perform debris removal and minor repairs, as needed. PennDOT bridge
and roadway design teams are also on the job preparing preliminary plans for
As of this afternoon, some 150 state roads remained closed in the district,
which includes Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan,
Tioga, Union and Bradford counties.
Other Flood Info:
-For non-emergency needs, call the EMA at 389-5738.
-For flood information or to confirm rumors, call 784-6779. The hotline will be available Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 9pm.
-United Water will contact anyone whose phone number they have when water once again becomes available in Bloomsburg. If United Water does not have your number, and you would like to be contacted, call 1-888-299-8972.
-Catawissa residents who need help cleaning up can call the Borough for assistance at 356-2561.
-Mandatory water conservation is in effect in Catawissa Borough. Only essential use is allowed.
-If you’d like to offer help or assistance to the Fernville area, contact the Hemlock Township Municipal Building at 784-6178 or 336-7297.
-Water Buffaloes are available in the Bloomsburg area at the following locations: Central Columbia High School, 7th Street in front of the Bloomsburg YMCA, Columbia County Prison, TPC Power Center (Route 11), Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School, and the Columbia County Courthouse.
-Montour Township residents can get bottled water and MRES at the township fire hall, but there is a very limited supply. There are also two water buffaloes at the township building. The 24 hour flood information hotline for Montour township is 784-4222.
-RR Donnelly will remain closed until 8AM Monday. Employees can call their hotline at 380-6760 to check when to come back to the plant.