Flood Precaution Update

Media Release

From:  Roger Van Loan, Chief of Police

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 1700hrs

Subject:  Flooding Precautions - Update

            Fishing Creek can be unpredictable under the heavy rain conditions we have experienced over the last several days and are forecast throughout the night. Members of the Bloomsburg Police Department will be out notifying residents again who live in the “West End” of Bloomsburg of the potential for Fishing Creek to flood. 

            While there is not a mandatory evacuation at this time, there will be storms moving through overnight that could affect the potential of waters to rise. All residents west of Railroad St. should be preparing to evacuate with short notice. We ask that residents consider leaving before dark to reduce the possibility of having to evacuate in the middle of the night. Have personal items ready to go with the possibility of being away for up to 72 hours.  Move valuables to a second story if possible.  Check on elderly and disabled neighbors to see if they need assistance.

If flooding becomes imminent, the Bloomsburg Police Department will sound the Flood Warning System.  If you hear the Flood warning siren this means it is time to evacuate immediately. This tone is not to be confused with any fire sirens that could potentially be activated. The Flood Warning siren will have a tone, followed by a verbal announcement to evacuate.  

            In the past, flooding of Fishing Creek has occurred rapidly and there is little time evacuate.  

            For current updated information go to the Columbia County EMA Facebook page or the Columbia County EMA web site.