LORDS VALLEY– Pike County Emergency Management on Monday, March 5 updated the multi-agency response to the strong winter storm that impacted our area last Friday and in anticipation of approaching winter storm Quinn, expected to affect our area on Wednesday.

LORDS VALLEY – Pike County Emergency Management on Monday, March 5 updated the multi-agency response to the strong winter storm that impacted our area last Friday and in anticipation of approaching winter storm Quinn, expected to affect our area on Wednesday.
Currently, most primary roads are open and remain in good condition, reported Timothy Knapp, Pike County Emergency Management Coordinator.
Some secondary roads remain closed due to downed trees and power lines. Response crews are awaiting the removal of downed power lines by power companies before trees and additional snow can be removed from the roadways. All attempts are being made to clear the roadways of obstacles before the next storm arrives to allow for PennDOT to be able to plow with the new snowfall.
As reported in the previous news release, shelters remain open at the Central Fire Department, Dingmans Volunteer Fire Department and Bushkill Volunteer Fire Company and will remain open through the duration of the next anticipated storm. It is encouraged that anyone without power, or other difficulties, to be prepared for an additional period of time without power. If shelter can be taken at a friend or relatives with power throughout the next storm, it is recommended to do so, or to take advantage of the previously mentioned emergency shelters.
The Pike County EOC will remain in operation throughout the next storm in order to coordinate a speedy response and recovery between all state and local organizations.  911 service has been restored in all areas of Pike County.
“We ask that the public to be vigilant with regards to the welfare of neighbors, especially in areas without power for those people with medical conditions, the elderly, and families with young children,” said Knapp. “If you have portable oxygen generators and without power, we recommend going to a shelter where there is power and assistance.”
As of this release, the Pike County Public Safety Office has been advised that the Delaware Valley School District will be closed for classes on Tuesday March 6th due to road conditions and power outages.
If you decide to travel during the next snow storm, prepare by having a full tank of fuel in your vehicle, pack water and snacks, have a fully charged cell phone, pack blankets and extra warm clothing, and allow extra time for travel. Travelers often experience delays on interstate highways caused by accidents, and other traffic related incidents, that slow or stop traffic for extended periods of time in some cases.

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