Flood / PennDOT
PennDOT is doing its best to open two major roads in the Bloomsburg area following tropical storm Lee two weeks ago. The agency's Rick Mason tells us an emergency contract has been let in order to repair the iron bridge on the Millville Road near the former Magee Transportation Museum. Meantime... work on the span of the bridge on Whites Church Road, which connects Scott and Mt. Pleasant Townships won't begin anytime soon.
Flood / AGAPE
Still trying to get your flood – ravaged home turned around for re-construction... and you need some help to do that... you might want to turn to the faith – based organization known as AGAPE. The organization's Kathy Lowe says don't be shy in asking for help. Simply give them a call at 317 – 2210. Meantime... AGAPE continues to serve meals at noon time in front of the Wesley United Church... as well as dinner at 5 O'clock at their headquarters on East 7th.
Flood / FEMA
FEMA's one stop disaster relief center continues to chug along at the Columbia County Ag Center on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet. The agency's Eugene Brezany says DRC workers have talked to... and helped nearly 500 people affected by the recent flooding. However, before you visit the center... or anyone of the half – dozen others across eastern Pennsylvania... you must first register at www.DisasterAssistant.gov... or by calling 1-800-612-FEMA.
Just as people are tossed out of work due to the closing of the RR Donnelley book binding plant on Old Berwick Road... the PA CareerLink that serves Columbia and Montour Counties on Tenny Street in Scott Township is temporarily closed due to flooding. Some employees effected by the October 24th closing had been using the services of the office. A CareerLink spokesperson says employers and job seekers can continue to access PA CareerLink services by calling 570-387-6288... or by visiting locations in Hazleton, Pottsville, Sunbury, Williamsport.
Despite all the pressure on Luzerne County's levee system... the executive director of the county's flood control protection program says they're ready for another high water event. Director Jim Boozena telling the flood authority... holes in the levees have been fixed following a storm two weeks ago which drenched the Susquehanna Valley. The Susquehanna River cresting at 42.66 feet two weeks ago thanks to Tropical Storm Lee.
They don't know how long it's going to be closed... but State Route 125 south of Shamokin... at Burnside is closed due a mine subsidence. PennDOT putting a detour in place since Route 125 is close between Route 61 and Upper Road in Cameron Township. Authorities say the subsidence is an estimated 200 feet deep.
The number of meth labs are on the rise in lower Luzerne County. Police breaking up a meth lab in a Nescopeck home. Earlier, police in Sugarloaf Township arrested a homeless man who had a rolling meth lab in his Sport Utility Vehicle. One drug treatment center spokesperson says although the use of meth remains relatively low... it's the number of labs popping up which is a surprise.
A 19 – year old Mt. Carmel man is in the Northumberland County Prison after he allegedly tried to get drugs at a pharmacy this week. Charles Frantz, Jr showed a knife to the clerk inside Community Pharmacy at Oak and Fourth Streets. But, two Mt. Carmel residents collared Frantz and turned him over to police. He's jailed on $100,000 dollars bond.
Salem Township police say they're investigating a burglary in the 1400 block of Johnson Avenue in East Berwick. Police say someone broke into the home and made off with some cash... as well as jewelry and coins. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the incident happened between 12 noon and 3 PM on Wednesday. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Salem Township police.
Jury selection is complete in the public corruption trial of former State Representative Brett Feese of neighboring Lycoming County. Five Republicans, including ex-House Speaker John Perzel, pleaded guilty to corruption and are expected to testify against Feese when the trial gets underway next Monday. Feese is a one-time house Republican whip.
The Governor's mansion in Harrisburg is open for tours again. The residence was evacuated along with much of Harrisburg earlier this month when flood waters rose. Fortunately, the mansion was not damaged. Everything is back in order, including an art exhibit being showcased for the public.