Exelon emergency system to be tested in York County Thursday

An electric generating station in Lancaster County will sound its emergency warning system in Lower Chanceford and Peach Bottom townships this week.

The Muddy Run Pumped Storage Facility, an electric generating station owned by Exelon Generation Co., will test the system for about two minutes at approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, according to a news release.

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To warn owners and residents of cottages along a stretch of Conowingo Pond in the event of an emergency at the facility, six sets of loudspeakers were installed atop poles in Drumore Township, Lancaster County, and Lower Chanceford and Peach Bottom townships in York County — upstream and downstream of the facility, the release states.

According to the release, Exelon installed the system in 2003 as an extra measure of warning, especially for cottage owners along the Susquehanna River.

The system undergoes regular tests every three months, on the second Thursday of January, April, July and October, the release states.

In the emergency test, the loudspeakers will sound, "This is a test," but in the event of a real emergency, the public will hear, "This is an emergency, please move to higher ground," according to the release.

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