PPL crews have been out... around the clock try to get power restored to customers who lost their juice when Sandy blew through our area. Tuesday afternoon robo calls were made to subscribers... such as one from PPL Bob Genesco... the VP of customer service... saying the utility company is working on the problems... mostly from downed trees. As of late Tuesday afternoon.. 25-hundred, 77 PPL subscribers were without power in Columbia County... as opposed to 361 in Montour County. The hardest hit area in the 28 County in the PPL service area was Leigh County with an 111 – thousand homes and businesses without power.
The wind and rain of Sandy left it's calling card on the Berwick Area School District. Overnight... gusts of wind caused a considerable amount of damage to the roof at the District's Middle School. Superintendent Wayne Brookhart said the wind apparently peeled back the roof over the school's swimming pool. Damage is estimated at $30,000 dollars... and is covered by insurance. Kids will be back in the classroom at the Berwick Middle School Wednesday.
Congressman Lou Barletta says that an estimated $15 - million will headed to the Bloomsburg area for flood protection. The money earmarked for the design and the construction of flood walls around Autoneum and Windsor Foods. That is expected to save roughly a thousand jobs. Both businesses were heavily damaged during the Lee flood of September of 2011. Other money for the project will come from the state... as well as the two companies.
State officials are assessing the mess left behind by Storm Sandy which blew into Pennsylvania overnight. During a Tuesday morning briefing... Governor Corbett says “we dodged a bullet..” but there is one major issue to contend with and that is restoring power to the nearly 400,000 utility customers in the dark. Meantime... despite the onslaught of Sandy... P-A's infrastructure held up well.... and with plenty of supplies at Ft. Indiantown Gap... the state is ready to lend a hand to New Jersey and New York State.
Columbia County Emergency dispatchers have been busy Monday night and Tuesday morning... taking care of issues that pop up... such as dispatching police officers or EMS. But, County Emergency Management Agency spokesman John Thomas says 9 – 1 – 1 is isn't the clearing house for non – emergency calls. Thomas said there are other numbers to call and can be found either in the phone book or utility bills.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board telling us the PA Wine & Spirits Stores statewide will be closed for a second day on Tuesday to assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy. The closure impacts more than 600 stores. Most PA Wine & Spirits stores will reopen on Wednesday.
As Sandy rapidly becomes a fading memory... the PA Turnpike Commission and PennDOT have lifted speed limits imposed Monday on eastern and south central PA roadways. Due to the hazardous conditions associated with Sandy, many of the speed limits went as low as 45 mph on interstates. A slow crawl if you had to get anywhere fast.
The state Bureau of Forestry has acquired a 343 – acre track of land in Mountain Top.... in Luzerne County... which it will preserve forever. The tract includes uplands and rare scrub oak barrens. The land was acquired for $480,000 and will connect to other Bureau property on Arbutus Peak and the Crystal Lake area.
As a result of last Saturday's loss to Shippensburg, the Bloomsburg University football team dropped from third to fourth in the Super Region One Rankings this week. Ahead of the Huskies are three unbeaten teams- Shippensburg, Winston - Salem State, and New Haven. If the Huskies can win their final two games of the regular season and hang onto that 4th spot, they would make it to the NCAA Playoffs and would be at home for the opening game. This Saturday the Huskies play West Chester in their final home game of the regular season. That game kicks off at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 11 with The Husky Tailgate Show.
In the NFL Monday night... the San Francisco 49ers downed the Arizona Cardinals 24 to 3.
The NBA's regular season begins Tuesday night. The defending champion Miami Heat are at home against the Boston Celtics in the night's top match-up.