Pennsylvania Reminded to Drive with Caution During Flood Risk
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WENY) – With heavy rains in the forecast for Friday, Governor Tom Wolf would like drivers to be mindful of possible roadway flooding and ponding.
Gov. Wolf wants, “every Pennsylvanian and every visitor to our state to have a safe holiday season. Please don't let the distractions of the holidays keep you from driving safely and heeding weather forecasts, especially as we anticipate heavy rain and possible flooding over the next day or so in the eastern portion of the state.”
Property owners along rivers and other waterways are encouraged to keep an eye on rising water levels Friday morning and moving into the weekend. Major flooding is not expected, but conditions could change rapidly.
The National Weather Service says parts of the state may see snow showers Friday into early next week. While large snowfall is not expected it could still create hazardous road conditions.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will be working alongside county emergency management personnel to monitor any local unmet needs.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is also warning drivers to not drive across roads covered in water, because even if shallow could still be moving swiftly enough to wash away a roadway or vehicle. There is also the risk that roadways covered with water might not have a stable roadbed.
Never drive around any barricades or road closure signs. PennDOT encourages drivers instead to Turn Around, Don't Drown.
Going around barricades or ignoring road closures is a $250 fine. Should emergency responders need to perform a water rescue or tow a vehicle, the fine will increase to $500 along with the addition of two points on the driver's license.
Anyone planning to travel during the holiday season should keep an eye on weather forecasts and be mindful of possible changes.
Road conditions can be checked by visiting www.511PA.com.
511PA is a free 24 hour service that provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 different traffic cameras.
This service is available for iPhone and Android users by calling 5-1-1, or by following the regional Twitter alerts on the 511PA website.