Monday, October 29, 2012

Borough declares disaster emergency thanks to Hurricane Sandy

Elizabethtown Mayor Chuck Mummert declared a disaster emergency for the borough today as Hurrice Sandy bore down on Pennsylvania.

Mummert issued the declaration after borough officials consulted with the local Emergency Management Agency, the police department, the Elizabethtown Fire Department and the Elizabethtown Area Water Authority. A phone call with a recorded message from the Swift 911 system went out to borough residents.

"Most important we are strongly encouraging residents to stay home and shelter at home in the case of a power outage unless they are experiencing flooding or another life threatening circumstance.based on the potential for high winds, heavy rain and power outages projected with Hurricane Sandy," said one borough official.

Should emergency shelter be required, the American Red Cross shelter in Lancaster County is open at the Manheim Township Middle School. Its address is 150 School Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. For more information residents can call Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

In an effort to minimize flooding potential, Borough crews are out clearing storm grates and these efforts will continue as the storm progresses. Residents can assist in this process by monitoring storm grates in front of their properties and keeping them free of leaves and debris. If you live in flood-prone areas you may
want to move vehicles and other items likely to float away to higher ground if possible.

The Elizabethtown Area Water Authority has conducted its preparations for maintaining the public
water supply and has reported no issues. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during
this storm event and thank you in advance for your assistance.

2:22 p.m. Edited and updated with a few more details.

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