Town Will Pick Up Debris
When the Town of Bloomsburg stopped collecting flood debris last week the news came as a surprise to many flood victims. Council voted for one last round of debris pick up Tuesday night. Mayor Dan Knorr says let your neighbors know this is your last chance. Pickups in runoff-affected areas will start this week. Areas of town hit by the flood waters have until Monday morning, when crews will begin to work their way through town for one final sweep. If you do put rubbish at the curb after the sweep, you will be cited.
Contaminated Well Water
Among the many hidden damages that floods often bring is contamination of well water. Nells Taber of the Williamsport DEP tells us well water samples from affected areas are not passing the bar. He says you have to remember to disinfect your well before sending a sample to the DRC lab. You also have to keep the sample cold and get it to the office quickly before it expires. Information on how to disinfect your well and properly gather samples is available from the DEP.
Some Roads Still Closed
Penndot crews have been working long hours around the area and across the state to reopen bridges and roads damaged by flooding. Tuesday evening Millville road north of Bloomsburg was finally reopened to traffic. Penndot's Barry Schoch says there are yet still other roads and bridges that remain closed from the flooding, and at least 38 bridges statewide will require serious repair. At least 12,000 miles of roads were affected by the floods earlier this month.
Man Washed Down Pipe
A Man in Shamokin Dam was swept away by Flash Flood waters Tuesday when his car skidded off the road and into a flooded culvert. Joshua Hyde of Jersey Shore got out of his car but was then sucked into a 30 foot drainage pipe. He managed to pull himself to safety on the other side of the pipe and escaped with only minor injuries.
Work Zone Wreck
A three-car pileup on route 11 west of Bloomsburg sent three people to the hospital Tuesday. The press enterprise reports a Riverside woman will be cited for crashing into traffic that was stopped at the route 42 overpass near the Fairgrounds. Police stress that the area is a work zone and you must be careful when driving through that section of highway.
Danville Middle School Outlook
Cleanup efforts at the flooded Danville middle school are moving forward, but school officials aren't expecting to move back anytime soon. For the time being, middle school students will continue to hold class at the old Elementary school. It may cost as much as 5 million dollars to get the middle school back into a useable state.
BTE Opens Thursday
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will premiere their first main stage performance of this season later this week. “Doubt – a Parable” starts Thursday with a free performance at 7:30. Ensemble Member Elizabeth Dowd told us on the WHLM Morning Buzz, they'll also be taking flood donations before the show. The show runs through October 16th.
Lycoming County Business Relief
The Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce has raised over $300,000 in flood relief for small businesses affected by the disaster. The Chamber and the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania are gathering donations from both private businesses and individuals. For more information you can go online at fcfpa.org.
Benton Blood Drive
The Benton Lions club will be holding a Blood drive this afternoon from 2-7 at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton. For more information you can call the red cross at 1 800 733 2767.