It's been a little over two weeks since flood waters entered our areas, and now the Benton Area School Districts says they'll be open as of today operating on a regular scheduled. Officials in Danville say the middle school has dried out, but a decision about the school's future has not yet been made. Workers are still working to clean out the building to make it environmentally safe.
A group of flood-related bills is being proposed by both Senator John Gordner and Represenative David Millard today. Among them is the Flood Mitigation Itemization Act, which will request money for flood projects, including a Bloomsburg flood wall. Representative Millard says it's important to get the bill proposed quickly so that the process of identifying an organizing flood projects can begin.
The Federal Emergency Manaement Agency (FEMA) is young compared to other federal agencies. It's been around a little more than thirty years, and was created in response to the Three Mile Island disaster near Harrisburg. The agency did not exists when the flood waters of Agnes struck in 1972, and recovery victims are now using FEMA for the first time. Roughly a dozen FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers have been established across the eastern part of the state in response to this month's flooding. The center in our area is in the 700-block of Sawmill Road near Lightstreet.
ARC & McDonald's
McDonald's restaruants across Northeastern Pennsylvania are doing their part today for the various chapters of the American Red Cross. Until the close of business tonight...McDona'ds will donate ten percent of their sales to the American Red Cross. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg chapter says the donations through “one day of caring” will be used to help flood victims. You can also drop off monetary contributions to the American Red Cross office in Bloomsburg at 7th and Iron Streets.
Bloom Hit and Run
Bloomsburg police sill don't have the driver in custody who is accused of running over a man early Saturday morning at the intersection of West Main and Railroad Streets. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski tells us a car struck the pedestrian and feld the scene traveling west on Main Street. The vehicle may be a silver or dark colored Ford Focus or a smiliar make. The car is believed to be damaged on the driver's side front bumper, fender and hood. The man struck was taken ot the hospital for treatment of injuries.
Starting Monday the eastbound travel lane will be closed between mile markers 239 and 241 on Interstate 80. The lane will remain closed through noon on Friday. To check interstate traffic conditions before heading out dial 511 on your phone.
Aid Available For Students
Bloomu.edu reports that college students whose families suffered severe losses in the recent flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropcial Storm Lee may be eligible for re-evaluation of their state grant due to their changing financial circumstances. To be eligible, students must complete and submit a casualty loss form, available on PHEAA's website.
There's a homecoming dress drive happening in Bloomsburg. If you have donations of dresses and accessories you can drop them off at Bloomsburg high school through this Friday. Dresses must be clean and in good condition. The dresses will be available for girls in call area districts affected by the flooding at Bloomsburg High School this Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.