PennDOT: Some York County roads will be closed for weeks
Many roads in York County have reopened since last weekend's heavy rainfall and flash flooding, but a handful will still be closed to motorists for a few days and in some cases weeks.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Crochunis said on Tuesday, Sept. 4, that the agency is still repairing the following state roadways in York County:
- Brogueville Road in East Hopewell and Chanceford townships is estimated to reopen by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
- Accomac Road between Dark Hollow Road and River Drive in Hellam Township. Closed except for local traffic and emergency vehicles, and estimated to reopen by Thursday, Sept. 6.
- Kreutz Creek Road between the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Lees Lane and Ore Bank Road in Hellam Township. Closed except for local traffic and emergency vehicles, and estimated to reopen by Friday, Sept. 7.
- Frosty Hill Road between Kennedy Road and Stewart Road in Lower Chanceford Township. The bridge is washed out and is estimated to reopen by Friday, Sept. 21.
- Gum Tree Road between the intersection of Pickel and McKinley roads and Furnace Road in Chanceford Township. Estimated to reopen by Friday, Sept. 21.
Heavy downpours on Friday, Aug. 31, dropped several inches of rain on parts of the county. Crochunis said the rainfall caught a lot of people off guard.
"It's hard to know when something like that is going to be rolling through," he said.
As soon as the flooding subsided over the weekend, Crochunis said, PennDOT went to work to reopen the roads and restore accessibility to residents.
Phil Smith, coordinator for the Eastern York County Emergency Management Agency, provided information about the following municipal roads:
- Klines Run Road in Lower Windsor Township was open by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
- Tracey School Road in Hellam Township is passable, but work will continue through Wednesday.
- Dark Hollow Road in Hellam Township is passable in both directions.
- Wallick Road is passable in both directions, but work will begin Wednesday morning to improve conditions.
- South Wilson Lane between Hallam and Hellam Township is passable in both directions.
Report damage: Last week, the county asked residents to use an online portal to report damages caused by storms that moved through the area between July 21-27 and Aug. 1-15. The county now wants residents to report the damage from the most recent storms.
The reporting tool is accessible here or by going to the county's website: https://yorkcountypa.gov.
County spokesman Mark Walters said the reports will be sent to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. PEMA needs the reports in order to request a federal disaster declaration and possibly receive federal funds for damages.
The county is also urging people to utilize PA-211, a health and human services information collaborative, by dialing 2-1-1 for crisis cleanup and other services.
Walters also said residents with private wells can get well-testing kits at the York County Office of Emergency Management by calling 717-840-2990.
People can sign up for emergency alerts from South Central Task Force at www.sctfpa.org/sc-alert.php.