Bethlehem declares state of emergency, urges evacuations

Posted: 1:40 PM EDT Oct 29, 2012

Bethlehem officials are calling for evacuations in certain parts of the city.

As a result of Monday morning's emergency declaration by Mayor John Callahan, the city is recommending individuals residing in areas historically prone to flooding to evacuate.

As the storm progresses, flooding in these areas is more likely, states a release from the city government. Officials said the city has taken steps to notify, by phone and in person, individuals residing in these areas.  It is likely that as the storm progresses, roads to and from these areas will become impassable.  The city recommends evacuations be completed before 3 p.m. to ensure safety.

The city anticipates closing roads in response to conditions.  Roads prone to flooding will be closed at 4 p.m.  Those roads include Conestoga Street, Mauch Chunk Road and the roads in the Saucon Park area.

Anyone needing shelter due to flooding or loss of power may go to the Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley Shelter at UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem. The shelter opened  at 12 p.m. on Monday.  Animals can be sheltered next to the UGI location at 2120 City Line Road, Bethlehem.