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Power still out for more than 1,700 customers in Franklin Co.

November 01, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — More than 1,700 Franklin County properties remained without power Thursday afternoon in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Several schools in the Tuscarora School District were without power Wednesday night, prompting district officials to cancel classes again Thursday. Tuscarora serves students in Mercersburg, Pa., and surrounding townships.

The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services continues to monitor the Conococheague Creek for possible flooding, according to assistant director Meghan O’Brien.

The creek had crested in areas and spread to the ground around it, but did not cause major problems, she said.

“I definitely think we dodged a bullet,” O’Brien said of the overall storm impact in Franklin County.

The Waynesboro and Greencastle areas received more than 8 inches of rain, officials said Tuesday, while strong winds pummeled the St. Thomas and Mercersburg areas.

Chambersburg Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said the Conococheague Creek has stopped rising in his area and is expected to remain within its banks.

The “forecast is not for substantial rain in the watershed, therefore we do not believe there exists a threat of significant flooding,” Stonehill said, saying it is still important to stay alert in flood-prone areas.

All Chambersburg borough streets and underpasses are open.

The Washington Township Municipal Authority chose to make clean water available to residents who have wells and lost power, meaning they could be unable to use those wells. Manager Sean McFarland said no one took advantage of that service.

Overall, the water and sewer systems fared well during the storm, according to McFarland.

“We had two areas that did overflow,” he said, saying manhole covers were pushed off.

Allen White from the American Red Cross of the Cumberland Valley said Franklin County’s three shelters had low turnout. Those shelters closed early Wednesday.

“One of the reasons I think we had low turnout is the citizens of Franklin County heeded the warnings from the National Weather Service, government and, of course, the Red Cross,” he said.

“It really did seem like citizens did listen, stayed off the roads and prepared,” O’Brien said.

The people who did use shelters seemed to be satisfied with the service, White said.

The Franklin County Department of Emergency Services is asking citizens to report any flood damage to their homes or businesses to their local Emergency Management Coordinator as soon as possible. If you are not sure who to contact, call 717-264-2813.

Franklin County Department of Emergency Services is compiling data for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in disaster recovery.

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