Boil Water Directive Lifted
United Water... the supplier of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... has lifted it's boil water directive issued last 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.
Flood / DRC
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center was busy this weekend... talking to folks... trying to help them get back on their feet following flooding earlier this month. The center is on Sawmill Road... near Lightstreet... and has turned into a one - stop shop for anyone effected by the flood. But one thing stressed by State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township.... be sure to document everything you lost with pictures. Representative Millard says before you visit any one of the seven DRC's in Northeastern Pennsylvania... be sure to first register on line at FEMA – dot – Gov... or call them at 1 – 800 – 621 – FEMA.
Despite the flooding as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee... congress is wrangling over how much the Federal Emergency Management Agency should get. The Senate says FEMA should get a 7 – billion dollar appropriation... while the congress says it should only be 3 and a half billion. But U.S. Senator Bob Casey visiting Bloomsburg at the start of the weekend says the bickering should stop.
We now know how close the Wyoming Valley of Luzerne County came to being inundated. Luzerne County officials say a breakdown in communication led to the impression the Susquehanna River crested four feet below the actual high water mark. The reason... a river level gauge stopped providing accurate readings once the Susquehanna reached 38.5 at Wilkes – Barre... and stopped transmitting data once the river reached 41.2. The river is estimated to have hit a crest of 42.6 – feet... above the Agnes floods stage of 40.2. Now... the government says it will raise the gauge to just over 48 feet.
Bloomsburg Police are investigating the discovery of two men... stabbed on Washington Avenue early Sunday morning. The names haven't been released by police, but the Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition the first man had a stab would to his right arm. He was treated and released from Geisinger in Danville. The second man had a stab wound to his right leg. If you have information about the stabbing... call Bloomsburg Police.
A landmark diner in Schuylkill County on State Route 309 is apparently a total loss. Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire at the White Diner.. just south of Tamaqua Sunday afternoon. It took firemen nearly an hour to bring the blaze under control. No one was injured... and fire officials are calling the extensively damaged building a total loss.
A decision to combine some services between Conyngham and Sugarloaf Township has been placed on hold. There had been some talk about about combining water and sewer services... but that won't happened until further discussion and study is undertaken. One of the issues is representation on the board that takes care of water and sewer issues.
The former Northumberland Borough Council Presidentt could learn his fate later this week. 40 – year old Bryan Wolfe pleaded guilty to two counts of thefts for making off with $176,000 dollars in computer hardware and software from Northway Industries of Middleburg. That's where he worked until the summer of 2007. Wolfe could be sentenced to two years in the county jail.... and given five years probation when he goes before Senior Judge Louise Knight this week.
Interstate 80 Work
PennDOT says starting Monday... the eastbound travel lane on Interstate 80 will be closed between mile markers 238 and 239 just east of Lightstreet. The eastbound travel lane will remain closed through 12 noon on Friday. The I-80 westbound travel lane will be closed Tuesday morning between the Lime Ridge... and just east of Lightstreet. The westbound travel lane will remain closed through Thursday afternoon.
The current contract expires September 30th for more than 700 Pennsylvania Turnpike toll takers but there are no signs of a possible strike. Since the last contract was signed in 2007, the Turnpike Commission has successfully steered more commuters toward E-Z Pass. With talk of implementing an all-electronic toll system, there's not much wiggle room with which the union can negotiate.