Mayor John Callahan declared a State of Emergency for the City of Bethlehem Monday morning. City officials said they will act as necessary to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.
As a result of the emergency declaration, the City of Bethlehem is recommending individuals residing in areas historically prone to flooding to evacuate. As the storm progresses, flooding in these area is more likely. 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.
The Bethlehem Parking Authority has offered free parking in Bethlehem at all city meters and all city parking garages for Monday and Tuesday.
Bethlehem recycling collection has been suspended for Monday and Tuesday, and the Bethlehem Recycling Center and Compost Facility have been closed.
In Bethlehem, the city's recycling center and compost center will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Depending on the weather, the center should reopen Wednesday. In addition, curbside recycling pickup for Monday and Tuesday are also canceled.
In Easton, Mayor Sal Panto has declared a state of emergency for the city through Tuesday at midnight. He has implemented a 9 p.m. Monday night for both motorists and pedestrians. This curfew ends at dawn Tuesday. Only those going to or from their workplace are allowed to travel within the city.
Garbage collection in Easton will be a day late starting Wednesday. There will be no collection on Tuesday.
Easton City Hall's main phone line - 610-250-6600 -- will be staffed until 11 p.m. Monday.
Bushkill Twp. has declared a state of emergency.
The county Courthouse and government offices are closed Monday.
Recycling pickups have been suspended for Monday and Tuesday, and will resume on Wednesday. Residents are urged to not leave bins or material outside of the bins that will be blown by the strong winds expected in the next 48 hours.
All county offices in Bucks County are closed Monday and non-essential operations will be shut down. All essential (24/7) operations personnel are required to report for their regular shift.
Trash pickup will be cancelled on Tuesday in the Borough of Sellersville. Normal collection is expected to resume on Thursday and Friday.
In Pike County, Pa., the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will close all offices and facilities at noon Monday.
A state of emergency is in effect in Lehighton Borough. Residents are urged to report any storm damage and keep drains in their residential area clear of leaves and debris. For more information, call 610-377-4003.
The Pennsylvania Office of Administration announced that state office buildings in the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg Area, Pittsburgh, Reading, Scranton and Philadelphia State Office Buildings will be closed to non-essential employees on Tuesday, October 30, due to hazardous weather conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy.
“In order to ensure the safety of our workforce and comply with the recommendations of emergency officials to remain at home and avoid traveling on the roads, we are authorizing non-essential employees in state office buildings to stay home on Tuesday,” said Secretary of Administration Kelly Powell Logan.
Non-essential employees working in state office buildings located in other areas will receive specific instructions from their agencies.