Flood / Police Chief
Crews started to pick up debris Sunday as residents of Bloomsburg started the arduous task of clearing flood – soaked items from their homes. Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says more debris removal started Monday morning at 6 O'clock... and will continue for days to come. Chief Sokoloski says crews spent Sunday placing dumpsters across the town... and dump truck drivers taking loads of trash to the Lycoming County landfill.
Clean up / Roads
The clean up from the floods produced by tropical depression Lee will continues Monday... and for many days to come. We are still under a state of emergency... and a curfew from dusk to dawn remains in effect. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr and Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says large dumpsters will be in place today on the town's hard – hit west end... as well as along Market Street. Many primary roads were opened late Sunday... including Route 487 between Route 11 and the East Bloomsburg Bridge leading to Catawissa. Also open... Route 11 and the ramp leading to Mall Boulevard. Other roads will be opened as they're assessed for safety.
Crews with United Water... the major supplier of drinking water to the Bloomsburg area... are working as quickly as they can to restore it's system back to service. Many of us getting a call Sunday night... informing subscribers that service could be restored late Monday or sometime Tuesday. When that happens... we will be under a boil water advisory for an indefinite period of time.
Flood / John Gordner
As we try and get our lives back together following the flooding caused by Tropical Depression Lee... State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says if you're a flood victim you must document your losses using pictures or video tape. Senator Gordner also says you can get more information... and to pre – register for help be sure to turn to either the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency website or the one run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Flood / Cos Curry
As we confirmed on Sunday.... Superintendent Cos Curry says the Bloomsburg Area School district will not be holding classes today. The decision as to weather to hold classes will be made on a day – to – day basis. Superintendent Curry says the basement of the high school as well as the auditorium was damaged by the Susquehanna River's high water.
Luzerne Flood Folo
Thousands of residents of the Wyoming Valley section of Luzerne County got to go home over the weekend after the raging waters of the Susquehanna River forced them to flee. Luzerne County Emergency management officials say first assessment shows an estimated 6 – million dollars was caused by the high water.
Most of it spilling over the flood protection system on the west side of the valley.
State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Catawissa. It took place shortly before 12 noon Sunday in the 300 block of North Third Street. Police tell us 39 – year old Roger DeGhetto had taken family members hostage... holding them with a knife. Catawissa police arrived... but DeGhetto refused to drop the weapon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today edition officer Joshua Laidacker fired one shot... striking DeGhetto... ending the standoff. DeGhetto was pronounced dead at the scene...with an autopsy scheduled for today.
Foster Twp Bus
State Police are investigating a fire which destroyed a passenger bus in Foster Township... in Luzerne County... Sunday night. They say it's a case of arson. The blaze was discovered by Foster Township fire chief Mike Spock... after smelling smoke at Nick's Storage on Route 940. The bus had no battery and it's engine had been torn apart for repair. This is the second time someone has tried to torch the bus in Foster Township.
Police in Hazleton are investigating an accident in which a car ran into a group of people over the weekend at the city's Funfest. It's not known why the driver of the car... made into a giant beer can... pushed it's way into the crowd. Hazleton General Hospital treated nine people in their emergency room. Two youngster were airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown... and one woman suffered head trauma and rushed to Wyoming Valley Medical Center. It's believed the accident was caused by a malfunctioning piece of equipment on the car.
In High School football Monday night, many area teams fought to get back to normality following last week's devastaing floods. On Newsradio 930, Central Columbia defeated Loyalsock at home 20-0. As heard on 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick beat North Pocono in their home opener 38-28. In other local action it was Danville over Selinsgrove 21-7, and Southern Columbia over Montoursville 42-7. The Bloomsburg & Muncy match was cancelled; the Panthers' next game will be Friday night at Redman Stadium on the BU upper campus. The Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech game against Nanticoke has been postponed indefinitely, possibly to be played in week 11. For more regional results check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard.