Boil Water Directive Lifted
United Water... the supplier of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... has lifted it's boil water directive issued earlier in the week. The call from the utility was received around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The boil water mandate was put into place when service was restored on Tuesday. It was lifted Saturday afternoon after the state's Department of Environmental Protection gave a thumbs up on the product after extensive testing.
Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey took time out of his busy schedule to make a tour of the flood – ravaged Susquehanna Valley. During a stop in Bloomsburg Friday... Senator Casey spent an estimated 30 minutes at AGAPE on East 7th Street. AGAPE has become the center for volunteer sign up for people wanting to help in the cleanup efforts in Bloomsburg. While at AGAPE with County Commissioner David Kovach... he got an opportunity to see the distribution warehouse set up with flood relief supplies. Later he traveled east on 7th Street to drop in on the American Red Cross and discuss flood – related issues with the Chapter's Rita Inklovich... as well as Fred Gaffney, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Ed Edwards of the Town's flood wall committee. Then it was on to hard hit west Bloomsburg where he saw the destruction caused by Fishing Creek firsthand.... looking at ruined homes... and talking with flood victims
There are alternate water supplies brought into town by United Water in huge tanker trucks with spigots. They're located at the YMCA in Bloomsburg... The TPC Store on Route 11 at Tenny Street... the Towers on 3rd Street in Bloomsburg... 128 Franklin Avenue in Bloomsburg... as well as the Peanut Bowl, just off Route 11 east of Bloomsburg.
Free tetanus shots will be given Saturday at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street. Distribution time is from 8 to 10 AM. On Sunday.. the shots will be given from 12 noon to 2 PM.
The federal government's Disaster Relief Center is up and running on Sawmill Road at the Columbia Count Agriculture Center. This is the one stop center for all the help food victims need to get back on their feet. However, before you visit you must pre – register. You can do that by going on – line to www.fema.gov or by calling 1 – 800 – 621 – FEMA. The DRC is opened daily from 10 AM thru 7 PM, seven days a week until they're no longer needed.
A long time manufacturing company has come through for the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross. Cherokee Pharmaceuticals of Riverside has contributed $10,000 to the disaster relief fund for the Danville and Bloomsburg area... including Riverside and Rush Townships of Northumberland County. This is not the first time Cherokee has supported the Danville American Red Cross. Two years in a row, the Danville Chapter applied for and received grants supporting its health and safety and disaster programs. Those grants became a key part in the disaster response as Danville Chapter set up shelter in the Danville High School during last week's flooding.
Free Cleanup Supplies
Lowes in Buckhorn has told us there will be two tractor trailers parked at their store Sunday with donated cleaning supplies and nonperishible food. If you need supplies to clean up you can stop by between 8AM & 3PM.
PennDOT says there are still many roads closed in the area due to the floods of September. Here is a list supplied by Rick Mason from the agency's Montoursville office:
** SR 487 - closure shortened; closed now from south of Southern Columbia School at Hemlock Road to Knoebel's Parkway in Northumberland County;
** SR 1010 (Hosler Road/Eckrote Road) in North Centre Township from Cabin Run Road to Shelhamer Road;
** SR 1020 (Winding Road) in Fishing Creek Township, from Asbury Road to Harrison Road;
** SR 4008 (Back Branch Road) in Lightstreet from Oman Road to Main Street;
** SR 4009 (Millville Road/Iron Street) from SR 4008 (Millertown Road) to Main Street/SR 11 in the Town of Bloomsburg, truss bridge out of service;
** SR 4013 (Whites Church Road) in Mount Pleasant Township at Mount Pleasant Road and Back-Branch Road, bridge out;
** SR 4020 (Green Creek Road) in Orange Township from Mount Pleasant Road to Bowmans Mill Road;
** SR 4023 (Spruce Run Road) in Madison Township, from intersection of SR 254 to Ants Hill Road;
** SR 4025 (Ants Hill Road) in Madison Township from SR 44 to Liuzza Road;
** SR 4034 (Mount Pleasant Road) in Orange Township from SR 487 to Sandy Stone Drive;
** SR 4049 (Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, from Spring Street in Central to the Sullivan County line...
The Panthers of Bloomsburg made their return to play Friday evening with a home field victory against Montoursville on their temporary home field at Redman Stadium. The Panthers won that match 36-7.
Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo-Tech defeated East Juniata at home 14-6, and the Bulldogs of Berwick fell to Dallas 53-20.
Saturday evening Southern Columbia is at Shamokin. On the WHLM stations you can hear Danville play at Central Columbia - coverage starts with the pregame at 6:30.