The water is running through some of the 80 miles of pipes in the Bloomsburg area used by United Water to get their product to our homes. The company has been filling their storage tanks since last night... building up enough pressure allowing water to flow. The utility's Bob Manbeck telling us that shortly before noon.. the water slowly returned to homes and businesses along Bloomsburg's Main Street.
It will eventually flow into Scott, South Centre and Hemlock Townships... as well as Buckhorn, Lightstreet and Fernville. Manbeck says it will take up to two day to provide water service the way it was before the tanks went dry late last week.
It will be at least another day or so before we know the fate of the 157th Annual Bloomsburg Fair.That word last night from Fair Association President Paul Reichart. The board met Monday afternoon to talk about this year's fair set to begin September 24th. Meantime, the association is asking volunteers to help in the massive clean up efforts at the fairground. Since they lost all phone service... the association is asking volunteers to top by the fairgrounds office if you can donate some time.
Flood / Shelter
Despite the fact that school begins today in Berwick... and the Red Cross Shelter operation has to be moved to the gymnasium... the organization won't miss a beat. The Chapter's Katherine Nyhoff says they're sheltering an estimated 50 people who have no place to go following late last week's flooding. And keeping the operation up and running hasn't been a problem thanks to volunteers donating their time. Now... the Red Cross is asking for donations in this time of need. You can help by dropping off cash or a check to the Berwick chapter in the 300 block of North Vine Street.
Flood / Gordner
With the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency... as well as the FEMA expected to set up shop in Bloomsburg for flood relief for residents... State Senator John Gordner continues to hammer away at one point... document your losses. Meantime... Congressman Lou Barletta says two of his staffers will be working out of the office of established at the Technology Center in the 200 block of Market Street in Bloomsburg.
Flood / Lahiff
There is one sign Bloomsburg and Columbia County are recovering from last week's flooding. County Emergency management director Larry LaHiff says we have crossed over the threshold of emergency response... and are now headed to the recovery phase. Longer term recovery includes damage assessment of the area... and the training of some county employees to take damage assessment reports.
Flood / Chris Young
The flooding experienced over the start of last weekend has not only impacted residents... but Columbia County as well. Commissioner Chris Young says the Domestic Relations office on Perry Avenue... in Montour Township... is a shambles. On another front... the twin covered bridges over Huntington Creek near Forks are standing... and don't appear to be damaged. But the county – operated park at the bridges is no more.... washed away downstream. Meantime... assessments are underway to get an estimate of damage.
Our flooding of last week had little impact... if any... on facilities owned by Allentown – based Pennsylvania Power and Light. A spokesperson said PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station north of Berwick... in Salem Township... Luzerne County is operating normally... and at full – rated power. If you recall... Susquehanna is on a hill, three – quarters of a mile from the river and was never threatened.
Hazleton police continuing to investigate a weekend incident... in which a specially built car ran into a crowds of people at the city's Fun Fest. The 1984 Ford was driven by 56 – year old Michael Hoilko of Hazleton. 13 people were injured in the incident... two children hit were flown to the Lehigh Medical Center in Allentown. The event's car show was just breaking up when the car... styled as a beer can... went into the crowd.