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LOCAL NEWS
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
August 14, 2019

Lumber Street bridge expected to open before school

 

Debris washed onto the banks of the Perkiomen Creek from the Lumber Street area

in Green Lane.

            The August 8th meeting of the Green Lane Borough Council brought added insight into the damage and cleanup efforts from the devastating rainfall brought on by the July 11 storm.

            Officials were gathered in the Council Chambers for their monthly meeting on July 11 when the storm hit the borough.  Mayor Lynn Wolfe, who also serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the borough, received a call from Montgomery County officials advising her that they needed "eyes on the ground" during the weather event.

            Wolfe would eventually be joined on the streets of the town by police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel as the waters of the Macoby Creek spilled over their banks and invaded homes and businesses along the way, then surging into the Perkiomen Creek causing more flood damage on the northern side of Green Lane.

             Residents of the affected area were invited to shelter at the Green Lane Firehouse to await the arrival of representatives of the American Red Cross.  At the firehouse, the displaced residents, some with their pets, received food and water while waiting for those representatives who had to navigate through closed roads and bridges to make their way to Green Lane.

            The Red Cross representative arrived around 11 p.m. and were on hand till 2:30 a.m. to insure that all of the flood victims received vouchers for a safe place to stay.  About 11 families were affected.

            As of Thursday's meeting, one building in the 700 block of Lumber St. remained uninhabitable, awaiting the determination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) engineers, as to whether or not it will be condemned.

            According to the Mayor, an apartment building on the corner of Gravel Pike and Lumber St. remains vacant while storm-related damage is repaired.  She estimated that the Green Lane-Marlborough Sewer Authority sustained about $15,000 worth of damage.

            During the meeting, officials reaffirmed their Disaster Declaration as part of their effort to seek disaster funding.  As a vital part of that, Wolfe keeps ...



Written by Candace Perry, Correspondent
August 14, 2019

            The Hendricks Road and Fennel Road bridges in Upper Hanover will be ready for traffic again in early September, supervisor Ben Fiorito announced at the township Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, August 13.

            The Hendricks Road span was a casualty of the July 11 flooding. The supervisors awarded the contract for the concrete work to Mar-Allen of Ephrata, Lancaster County. As soon as the concrete is completed the overlay will be done.

            "We know it's important to the school district," Vice Chairman Rich Fain stated.

            The Fennel Road bridge is part of the township's ongoing bridge replacement program, and is scheduled to be completed by September 3.

            In municipal authority news, Fiorito reported that the authority "is in a good financial position" with no debt and over $3 million in funds, but that the water main to be installed along Gravel Pike will cost a total of $4 million. He further reported that on the sewer side, the authority has $2.5 million in funds but $1.7 million in debt that is scheduled to be paid by 2026. The pending project for the interceptor will cost $2 million.

            Fiorito also reported that the new water main at 3rd and Washington streets in Pennsburg is ...



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