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May 24th, 2014
Preliminary reports indicate at least one person is dead after an accident on the Clarion River in the Portland Mills area.
Emergency responders were called to the vicinity of 35080 Portland Mills Rd. in Ridgway Township for an initial report of five individuals in the water, including at least one with injuries. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were called at 3 p.m., and fire chief Scott Pontious later called for a swift water rescue team from Clearfield County to the scene. The coroner was requested to the scene.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] officials continued to work hand-in-hand with area residents and emergency officials Friday to assess the damage from Wednesday's flooding that ravaged Elk County, particularly Ridgway where floodwaters reached six feet in some areas.
Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) attended an emergency briefing early Friday morning with emergency responders and government officials in Ridgway Borough's emergency operations center.
Cleanup and relief efforts from Wednesday's flood continued Friday afternoon in the borough of Ridgway as restoration crews could be seen all around the borough where the flood hit hardest.
Cleanup crews were at Dan Dickinson Apartments Friday (high-rise) helping in efforts to restore first-floor apartments and the area. Crews were seen gutting many of the apartments as the floors in the first-floor residences still had muddy residue strewn about. A hallway in the first floor had to have its carpet and tiles removed due to worry about mold growth.
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.