'The water emergency from the lightning strike is effectively over'

The Red Lion Municipal Building in Red Lion, Saturday, July 6, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo.

A water treatment plant in Red Lion that was struck by lightning Friday was back to normal operations Sunday morning, officials say.

Residents from Windsor, Red Lion, Dallastown, Yoe and parts of York Township were urged to conserve water on Saturday, July 6, but but Sunday morning, residents were told operations were back to normal. 

"The Red Lion Municipal Authority has informed us that after a successful night of carefully monitored operations, they are lifting the recommendation of conservation of water use caused by Friday night's lightning strike to the water treatment plant," the Red Lion Emergency Management Agency said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

The Red Lion Municipal Authority's Cabin Creek treatment plant will pump water at a higher rate than normal through the morning of Monday, July 8, to compensate, York County spokesman Mark Walters said in a news release shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. 

Lightning struck the plant at 9:20 p.m. Friday and shocked the electronics, said plant supervisor Brad Sprenkle about noon Saturday, so "the plant itself has a lot of electronic damage."