Monday, October 29, 2012

City Announces State of Emergency

The following is from a press release issued today:

Mayor Sal Panto of Easton announced several initiatives this morning to address the pending arrival of hurricane Sandy. These include:

  1. The Mayor has declared a State of Emergency for the city through Tuesday at midnightand has issued an executive order implementing a 9 p.m. curfew this evening. Only individuals going to or from their place of employment are allowed to travel within the city.
  2. Garbage collection will be a day late starting Wednesday; there will be no collection on Tuesday.
  3. City Hall’s main phone line 610-250-6600 will be staffed until 11 p.m. this evening for calls for service. However, for emergency calls residents should still use 9-1-1.
  4. The city is encouraging anyone resident that needs shelter to go to the Red Cross shelter at 2121 City Line Ave. in Bethlehem. LANTA is providing bus transportation. The Salvation Army on the 1100 block of Northampton Stree and St. John’s Lutheran Church at Fourth and Ferry streets will also be available during the day as needed.
  5. City crews were out all weekend and will continue to be out through the storm identifying problem areas and responding to calls for service. The water and wastewater plants are also prepared for the storm and we are not anticipating any problems in this area.
  6. The city website will be updated regularly beginning at noon today.
  7. Flooding is anticipated along the Bushkill Creek and the Lehigh River. Residents of the Bushkill Creek area are reminded that this creek is prone to flash flooding so there is little notice. Preparations should begin immediately.
  8. Currently, Trick-or-Treat is still scheduled for Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.. A decision on postponing will be made on Tuesday once the effects of the storm can be ascertained.
  9. City employees are out today knocking on doors if they see a potential problem such as garbage cans or furniture not secured, as well as scaffolding or other debris that could become airborne and cause damage to individuals or property.

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