Midstate's cities cope with latest winter storm

Written by Matt Paul and Ben Allen | Feb 5, 2014 2:46 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Winter storm cleanup is an around-the-clock job across the midstate, where reports of fallen trees started coming in early this morning. In the City of York, limbs were still snapping this afternoon.

Mayor Kim Bracey says she expects the impact of the storm to be felt for at least the next 12 hours.

"We've actually had to bring in outside contractors to help with addressing the down tree limbs, so we have some cost factors to be concerned about," she explains. "We have staff that's probably getting a little tired and weary."

Bracey says the main thoroughfares are in good condition, but the city plans to use stop signs at its intersections during the morning rush if the traffic signals aren't working by then.

In Lancaster, Mayor Rick Gray stresses the importance of clearing storm drain inlets and salting sidewalks tonight, to prevent any issues in the morning.

"If there are inlets in your neighborhood that we haven't been able to get to, if you could clear it out, you'll save yourself and your neighbors a lot of problems, if water backs up and possibly refreezes," he explains.

Meanwhile, Harrisburg weathered the latest winter storm relatively well.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse credits the Public Works Department, led by Director Aaron Johnson.

"He's been out personally plowing the streets, all night long, and is out now as we speak," Papenfuse said at a late morning news conference. "I think we are really getting the most out of this talented group of public works employees."

The Susquehanna River is at 5.9 feet at Harrisburg, well below the flood action stage, which starts at 11 feet.

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