Friday January 12, 2018

The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a

* Flood Warning for Urban Areas and Small Streams in…
Eastern McKean County in north central Pennsylvania…
Potter County in north central Pennsylvania…

* Until 1000 PM EST

* At 718 PM EST, local law enforcement reported flooding in
Shinglehouse Borough in the area of Horse Run and Low Street and
in Galeton Borough with ice jams on Pine Creek near Telescope
Road.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Cross Fork, Galeton, Harrison Valley, Cherry Springs State Park,
Roulette, Genesee, Keating Summit, Denton Hill State Park,
Shinglehouse and Wharton.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, country roads, farmland, and other low lying
spots.

Photo by Gerri Miller

Roulette Twp. workers removed flood debris and ice jam from around new bridge on Atkins Road Friday morning.

The West Branch of Fishing Creek is closed due to flooding.

The East Branch and Atkins Road are open  although the creek is over its bank and there are places with water over the  the road.

Wiemer Baseball field  and the park at the intersection of Route 6 and Fishing Creek Road were under water.

2.9 ” of rain fell overnight on Fishing Creek. Another .25″ between 7::00 AM and 8:30 am.

Thursday’s high, 54; overnight low, 49; 2.90 ” of rain overnight’ .25″ this morning

FRI-RAIN OFF AND ON, HIGH 56
FRI NIGHT-FREEZING RAIN/SLEET/SNOW LOW 13
SAT-CHANCE OF MORNING SNOW, HIGH 17; WC 0
SAT NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY,LOW 0; WC-10
SUN-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 16
SUN NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 1

To hear weekend forecast, click on arrow below.

Flooding reported throughout the region…
Red Mill Bridge in McKean County closed due to high water…Floodwatch remains in effect..and a winter storm warning has been posted….Heavy snow predicted….Stay inside and enoy Eagle Cam this weekend….DEP schedules public hearing in Coudersport next week for water treatment facility. …PA Farm Show concludes Saturday….Bradford man accused of driving without ignition interlock device….Two Tioga County residents arrested for harassment…..

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Motorists are advised that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has temporarily closed a Route 146 (Red Mill Road) bridge in McKean County. The bridge spans Red Mill Brook near the intersection of Creekside Drive in Norwich Township.

PennDOT closed the bridge earlier today after flood waters crested the bridge surface. It will remain closed until waters recede and an inspection crew can access the bridge for potential damage. PennDOT does not expect the bridge to open any earlier than late Tuesday, January 16. Motorists are advised to choose alternate routes until the closure has been lifted.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1934. It is 28 feet long and carries an average of more than 200 vehicles daily.

 

Classes were cancelled at some area schools today because of flooding or potential flooding. Oswayo Valley students were released st noon. Several volunteer fire departments were kept busy responding to Due to the impending flooding and ice this afternoon, the students of the Oswayo Valley School District were dismissed at noon. There will be no CTC, no afternoon pre-kindergarten, and all evening activities are canceled for Friday and Saturday. The book swap, movie night, and potato dinner at the elementary school have been rescheduled for January 19, 2018.flooded basements. Star Hose volunteers were recalled after being dispatched mid-morning to help a family evacute a mobile home on Coleman Mills Road.

The Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of central Pennsylvania, including the following
counties, Cameron, Clearfield, Columbia, Elk, McKean, Montour,
Northern Centre, Northern Clinton, Northern Lycoming,
Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Southern Centre, Southern
Clinton, Southern Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, and Warren.

* Through Saturday evening

* Periods of rain will continue to fall over the area today, some
of which could be heavy this morning. 1 to 3 inches of rain are
expected across the watch area by early this evening. The rain
is expected to change to a wintry mix by late this evening and
eventually snow overnight.

* Area waterways are covered with ice due to our recent arctic
outbreak. Rapidly rising stream and river levels may lead to a
break up of the ice, leading to localized ice jam flooding, as
the ice collects at constrictions. The most susceptible areas
are at bridges or bends in the river, where ice jams could clog
the flow, causing water to back up onto land.

Keep an eye on area waterways and be alert for sudden rises.

Review flood safety and preparedness information at
weather.gov/flood.

The National Weather Service in State College issued a
* Flash Flood Warning for…
Rain and Snowmelt in…
Western Elk County in north central Pennsylvania…
McKean County in north central Pennsylvania…

* Until 7:30 pm
* At 629 AM EST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated
heavy rain falling across the warned area. Rapid snowmelt is also
occurring and will add to the flooding. Flooding is reported
across McKean County and portions of Route 770 and 346 are closed.
An Ice Jam is reported on Minard Run.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Bradford, Ridgway, Kane, Johnsonburg, St. Marys, Crosby, Rew,
Ludlow, Marshburg and East Branch Dam.
Recommended actions
Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Area fire departments were kept busy pumping out basements across the region. Star Hose Volunteers in Port Allegany were recalled after being dispatched to help a family evacuate a mobile home near near Coleman Creek.

Meanwhile a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from7p this evening to 10a EST Sturday.

Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Plan on difficult
travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches
and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch are
expected in otter, Elk and Cameron Counties.
Rain will change to a wintry mix after dusk this evening,
then snow by around midnight. Expect the snow to taper off by
late Saturday morning.

Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility late tonight.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission strongly encourage motorists to heed all
travel restrictions and delay unnecessary travel. Visit
www.511pa.com for the latest travel, roadway and traffic
conditions on major highways.

PennDOTDistrict 2 is alerting drivers that heavy rainfall, falling temperatures, and expected snow in the northcentral region could impact travel through Saturday. Rainfall overnight could cause roadway flooding and falling temperatures could then bring flash freezing and sleet. Snowfall will follow the rain, bringing added challenges for drivers. District 2 includes Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties.
Through much of the region, snow accumulations of up to 6 inches are possible, with as much as a foot of snow possible in northwest areas of the region. While accumulation could be slight in southern counties, winds and low temperatures could combine with the snowfall to make conditions slippery and challenging.
PennDOT recommends avoiding travel during winter storms if possible, but motorists who must be on the road are urged to use caution while driving and offers this advice:
Don’t drive through standing water.
⦁ Slow down and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
⦁ Turn on your headlights.
⦁ Increase your following distance.
⦁ Reduce in-car distractions.
⦁ Use defroster and wipers.
⦁ Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
⦁ Use four-way flashers when traveling slowly.
⦁ Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

PennDOTsays it is prepared d, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths — when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.
To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.
PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.
For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit www.penndot.gov/winter.
For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL

With severe winter weather predicted for this weekend, it might be a good time to stay in side and take advantage of the roun-the-clock opportunity to view bald eagles at close range. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Eagle Cam is back online, offering viewers worldwide 24-7 access to live video and audio captured at a bald-eagle nest in Hanover, Pa.

The Eagle Cam is provided through a partnership among the Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business and Codorus State Park.

Once again this year, the Eagle Cam features two cameras, each equipped with a microphone, placed 75 feet high in a tree adjacent to Codorus State Park. Eagles have nested at the tree for more than a decade, and have successfully fledged young there many times.

While the 2017 run of the Eagle Cam at the same tree was successful, with two eaglets hatching in March and taking their first flights in June, there was some question whether the Eagle Cam would be back at the same tree in 2018.

The nest, which had partially collapsed and was rebuilt ahead of the 2017 nesting season, collapsed further since the Eagle Cam last was online. But once again, the adult eagles using the nest tree have rebuilt the nest, and appear to have it ready for another go in the coming months.

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans said the uncertainty of what will happen next is part of why so many Eagle Cam viewers regularly tune in. As many as 1.5 million viewers have watched the Eagle Cam during a single nesting season.

View the eagle cam.

Twitter and Facebook users also can share the Eagle Cam with friends by tweeting #PGCEagleCam.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting, followed by a public hearing, to discuss permitting for the proposed Epiphany Allegheny LLC water treatment facility, located in Eulalia Township, Potter County.
Both events will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Gunzburger Building, 1 North Main Street, Coudersport, PA. The public meeting will begin at 5:30 PM, when DEP and the applicant will discuss the proposed project and permit requirements. The public hearing will begin at 7:00 PM, during which time citizens may present oral testimony regarding the proposed project and application process.
Those wishing to speak should register onsite prior to 7:00 PM. Comments are limited to five minutes per person.
Written comments of any length may also be provided to Thomas Randis, Environmental Program Manager, at 208 West Third Street, Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701, or via email atRA-EPNCEPIPHANY@pa.gov, no later than January 29, 2018.
Questions about the permitting process should be directed to Thomas Randis at 570-327-0530.
Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Megan Lehman at 570-327-3659, or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD users), or 1-800-654-5988 (Voice Users), to discuss how DEP may accommodate your needs.

The 102nd PA Farm Show will conclude Saturday afternon. Today is Resource Conservation farmland preservation and best management practices for conservation are being highlighted.The nations largest indoor agricultural event features 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors.
Friday’s schedule:
8 a.m.           Breeding Sheep Judging (SA)
Dairy Cattle Judging (EA)
Open Dairy Goat Judging (NW)
10 a.m.         Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)
Tractor Square Dancing (LA)
PA Mohair Demonstration by T. Kunst (GFS)
11 a.m.         Todd Lewis, Chef Instructor, PA Department of Corrections (CCS)
Draft Horse Hitch and Drive (LA)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)
12 p.m.         Maureen Fowler, Sous Chef at Devon Seafood Grill (CCS)
Make It and Take It: Cookie Mix, Sponsored by Golden Barrel (EL)
Fiber Works Resource Center Demonstration (GFS)
1 p.m.           The Best Rib and Beer Competition presented by the PA Pork Producers Council (CCS)
Tractor Square Dancing (LA)
Fiber Art Demonstration by E. Anderson (GFS)
2 p.m.           Bill Collier, Executive Chef at Bricco (CCS)
Agri-Magic Show (GFS)
2:30 p.m.      Celebrity Cow Milking Contest (EA)
3 p.m.           Thomas J. Long, Director of Campus Dining at HACC’s The Chef’s Apprentice (CCS)
3:30 p.m.      Junior Dairy Cattle Showmanship (EA)
4 p.m.           Chef Instructor David T. Mills III and HACC, Central PA’s Community College, Students (CCS)
5 p.m.           School Cooking Challenge with HACC, Central PA’s Community College, Students (CCS)
Golden Barrel Sticky Bun Contest (GFS)
6 p.m.           Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)
PA Equine Showcase (EA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Experience Milking a Cow (SA)
7 p.m.           PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo (LA)
A Bradford man has been arrested for an ignition int4erlock violation. Kane based state police explained when they pulled 62 yearold Anthony Giordano over for an equipment violation on Main Street in the city last Saturday night they found he was driving a vehicle witout ignition Interlock equipment as is required for those convicted of DUI.
Two Tioga County residents have been cited for harassment for separate incidents. Trooers sai Keith Monroe, 38 of Tioga, PA made threatening statements to 31 year old Jordan Butler of Troupsburg when argued over a woman at the Pump and Pantry in Tioga Borough. Brenda Mattis of Millerton was arrested after she allegedly twisted and pinched Loree Lisk at Bakercrest Home in Rutland Township Thursday.
Obituary
Robert C. HOWELL, III, 42, of Genesee, PA, formerly Waycross, GA, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.

Born September 11, 1975, in Waycross, GA, he was the son of Robert C. and Faye Mobley Howell, Jr.

Surviving are:  his wife, Candace M. Brower of Genesee;  three children, Robert H. Howell, Katerina Howell, and Amelia Howell;  two step-children, Gabrielle Thompson-Brower and Harley Thompson-Brower;  four sisters, Barbara Hauser, Brenda McClellen, Genia Leggett, and Becky Jones;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expresses at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.