FLOODING IN OUR AREA
Heavy rain overnight has contributed to a rise in creeks and streams across the region especially from Lycoming County. West and north. If you live along any small streams you are asked to get out, and make sure you don’t drive through any flooded areas if possible as it is running swift. There were rescue and EMT crews out across Lycoming County this morning helping people get out of their flooded homes. A number of basements are reported flooded as well. Evacuations are now taking place along Lycoming Creek. Flash flood warnings are now up for Central Lycoming County as well as parts of Sullivan and Clinton Counties. Please keep an eye out on rising streams. There is still heavy rain falling to our west this morning and moving to the northeast. Due to flooding issues, Loyalsock and Sullivan County schools are closed today.. Keystone Central, Jersey Shore and Montoursville schools as well as Walnut Street Christian and Sugar Valley Charter are on a two hour delay.
FIRE DAMAGE EXTENSIVE
The numbers are in from a fire which destroyed several apartments at the Grampian Hills Apartment Complex in Loyalsock Township- on Wednesday. Officials estimate structural damage to building 6 at the complex at 192 Valley Heights Drive in excess of $450,000 dollars. The fire started on the back patio of a first floor apartment as tenants there were cooking on a grill. It’s believed that heat from the grill ignited gas which was leaking from a propane tank. 6 apartments in the 18 unit, two story building were destroyed with other units sustaining smoke and water damage. 25 people are currently displaced
COMMISSIONERS APPROVE AIRPORT FUNDING
Though they are not sure yet where the funds will come from, Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday voted to go ahead and approve $2 million dollars in funding for the Williamsport Regional Airport for its new terminal building project. Two commissioners are in favor of getting a $2 million dollar state loan while Commissioner Tony Mussare says he would rather use gas drilling impact fee funding, saying he doesn’t want to leave a future debt due to a loan.
MOTORCYCLE STRUCK BY HIT AND RUN DRIVER
A Winfield man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after his cycle was struck by a hit and run vehicle on Route 15 in South Williamsport on Wednesday night. 29 year old Steven Kopers was hospitalized with serious injuries after the accident which occurred in the 100 block of Route 15 around 10:10 on Wednesday night. It’s believed he was struck by a newer model Ford Fusion which would have front end damage. Anyone with information is asked to call South Williamsport police at 570-329-4066. Koper’s condition was not released.
MILTON FIRE CAUSES HEAVY DAMAGE
Heavy damage was reported from a fire in Milton yesterday afternoon. Fire struck in the 600 block of Mahoning Street yesterday afternoon. Several fire companies were called to fight that fire. It’s not believed that anyone was injured, and a damage estimate has not been released at this time. The cause of that Northumberland County fire has not yet been determined.