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May 22nd, 2014
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] officials were in the area Thursday to assess the damage from Wednesday's flooding that ravaged Elk County, particularly Ridgway where standing water in some areas reached well over four feet.
Detailed numbers regarding home and business damage, and monetary damages were not readily available Thursday evening as PEMA teams were still analyzing data at the county's 911 Center.
Mike McAllister, director of Elk County's Office of Emergency Services, said teams were still working Thursday evening to assess the damage.
Torrential downpours overnight throughout Elk County closed or washed out several roadways, and damaged several vehicles and structures throughout Wednesday.
"This was a quick storm with a lot of water in a short period of time," said Mike McAllister, Elk County Emergency Services director. "We had a number of incidents countywide, from Highland Township to Jay Township, and in between, but Ridgway Borough really took the brunt of it."
CLEARFIELD â€“ PennDOT reports that several roadways in the Elk County are closed at this hour due to flooding.â€¨â€¨Motorists should not attempt to drive through standing water on roadways. Water may be deeper than it appears.â€¨â€¨
The following state routes in Elk County are closed due to flooding.
They are expected to re-open once waters recede later today.â€¨â€¨â€¨
â€˘ Route 219 in Ridgway between Osterhout Street and Route 948.â€¨â€¨
â€˘ Route 219 in Horton Township between Keystone Road and Mountain Church Road.
â€¨â€¨â€˘ Route 555 between Apple Road in Jay Township and Fred Road in Benezette Township.â€¨â€¨
CLEARFIELD â€“ PennDOT reports that several roadways in the Elk County are closed at this hour due to flooding.â€¨Motorists should not attempt to drive through standing water on roadways.
Water may be deeper than it appears.â€¨The following state routes in Elk County are closed due to flooding. They are expected to re-open once waters recede later today.â€¨
â€˘ Route 120 in the City of St. Marys between Benzinger Avenue and Jackson Road.â€¨
â€˘ Route 219 in Ridgway between Osterhout Street and Route 948.â€¨
â€˘ Route 255 from Elm Road to Chestnut Avenue in Jay Township.â€¨
Torrential downpour overnight throughout Elk County has closed or washed out several roadways.
St. Leoâ€™s Catholic School was evacuated and shortly after 11 a.m. High-Rise residents were evacuated and taken to Central Fire Station along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
Firefighters were dispatched to Country Squirrel Outfitters where people were reportedly unable to get out along with Rite Aid where submerged vehicles were reported.
Water also went over a bridge on state Route 555 as emergency personnel closed that roadway.
With GOP candidates a mere formality running unopposed, only 20 percent of Elk County's Republicans turned out for Tuesday's primary election while 22.3 percent of the county's Democrats headed to the polls.
Shortly after 9 p.m., the Associated Press declared businessman Tom Wolf the winner of the Democratic nod for governor. He will run against incumbent Tom Corbett who earned 927 votes in Elk County. There were 198 write-in votes. There also were 232 votes for Robert Guzzardi which will not be counted as the state Supreme Court ruled him ineligible due to his missing a filing deadline.
JONES TWP. â€“ An 8-year-old Jones Township boy was injured early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle while getting to a school bus stop.
ERIE â€“ Judge Maurice Cohill sentenced Richard A. Danz, 49, of Matthews, N.C. and formerly of St. Marys, to 46 months in federal prison for embezzling over $400,000 from the Elk County Humane Society during his tenure as volunteer treasurer.
The Ridgway Borough Council covered a variety of items on Monday evening's agenda including downtown parking and fines, water sales to oil and gas companies, flood control and recycling.
Council approved a forthcoming plan to add additional parking on South Broad Street in the coming months in order to create more space for those in the area of the courthouse and courthouse annex.
The motion to move forward with the plan was put forth by councilman Frank Quattrone and seconded by J.R. Geitner.
Despite the state Supreme Courtâ€™s decision to oust Robert Guzzardi from the GOP ballot, his name will still appear on the ballot in Elk County.
â€śIn Elk County here, our programming goes to Omaha, Neb. to program our media,â€ť said Kim Frey, director of the countyâ€™s elections office. â€śThen it comes back and we drop that media in for testing for our voting machines. It takes longer than a week for them to do the programming, and when theyâ€™re finished it takes about a week to get it back to us.â€ť