NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE, PA
410 PM EDT THU SEP 29 2011
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN PENNSYLVANIA...
** SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT BLOOMSBURG
** SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT DANVILLE
** YELLOW BREECHES CREEK NEAR CAMP HILL
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT BLOOMSBURG.
* FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO FRIDAY EVENING...OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS
* AT 3 PM THURSDAY THE STAGE WAS 14.2 FEET AND RISING.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 19.0 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* THE RIVER IS FORECAST TO RISE TO NEAR FLOOD STAGE EARLY FRIDAY
* AT 19.0 FEET...HIGH WATER AFFECTS HOMES ALONG RIVER ROAD.
Flood / Dan Knorr
The issue of a flood wall protecting Bloomsburg has been one of the hottest topics at Town Hall ever since record flooding three weeks ago. During a meeting this week.... Mayor Dan Knorr says the town is ready to commit to the project... but the feds aren't. Meantime... former chamber of commerce president Ed Edwards... now heading up the flood authority... says he wants to organize a meeting between federal, state and local officials... as well as businesses in an effort to get flood wall design off dead – center.
Flood / FEMA
They've had their boots on the ground in Columbia County since mid-September. Representatives from FEMA and other agencies are at the Agriculture Center daily to see what they can do to help following the floods of three weeks ago. FEMA's Mike Sweet says all you need to do is stop in. But before your first visit.... you must register by going on line at www.disasterassistance.gov.... or giving them a call at 1-800-621–FEMA.
Flood / Millard
With the flooding of earlier this month up and down the Susquehanna Valley.... could we see new sewage treatment plants built. That could be the case so says State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township. But it comes down to the issue of dollars and cents. The Bloomsburg Sewage Treatment plant took the wrath of the September Flooding.... inundating the work contractors had been performing the past couple of years.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Merck and Company's plant in Riverside... has allegedly violated environmental regulations. In a statement from the EPA.... the company allegedly discharged pollutants into the Susquehanna River in excess of it's permits. The EPA then slapped a 1.5-million dollar fine not only against the Riverside plant... but one in Montgomery County as well.
Luzerne Co Damage
Although they're still collecting data.... Luzerne County Emergency Management says that flooding earlier this month has topped the $24 – million dollar mark. Of that... $13.5 million dollars was caused to public infrastructure... with FEMA only commuting $11.6 million dollars to the recovery effort. Meantime... FEMA is starting to roll mobile homes in for victims of flooding. The first 25will be in place this week in Bradford County.
A 57 – year old Haddock man.... south of Hazleton... is in jail after he was busted earlier this week. Police discovered nearly 300 marijuana plants around the home of Michael Merenda after someone called the cops. Merenda said the plants were for personal use... but that argument didn't fly.... so he was arraigned and remanded in jail in lieu of $15,000 dollars bond.
Teen Driving Legislation
The reigns are getting a bit tighter on teen drivers in Pennsylvania. The State House approved a bill that makes it primary offense for anyone under 18 to be improperly restrained, by a seat belt or safety seat. Also, junior drivers will be limited to one passenger during their first six months as a new driver, unless the passengers are family members. When asked about restrictions on texting, the bill's sponsor, Bucks County Republican Kathy Watson, said that is legislation that applies to every driver.
Senator Jane Orie Faces
Former State Senator Jane Orie faces more accusations. Allegheny County's District Attorney is suggesting a GOP insider deleted evidence that Orie used staffers to perform campaign work on state time. The state is looking for at least five computer files and they might issue as many as 20 subpoenas in an effort to uncover those files. The former senator will have jury trial in February.
Money for Cops May Stop
Harrisburg – area Representative John Payne is drafting legislation that would put a stop to municipalities redirecting proceeds from liquor license fees. The state LCB sends money to be used toward local police. The problem is that more than 400 communities do not have a police force. Payne would like to see money allocated to those municipalities directed toward the state police liquor control enforcement.