Flash flood watch is in effect; officials will monitor conditions

Heavy rainfall from a storm is expected Wednesday, and a flash flood watch will be in effect tonight through Thursday morning, said Greg DeVoir, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service.

A total of 2-4 inches is expected through the duration of the storm, DeVoir said.

The rain will help to quell a recent rash of brush fires, he said. The leaf litter from the fall will be wet or damp.

Trees and plants will help to soak up the rain as this is the time of year when everything starts to turn green again, DeVoir said.

The rain has been fairly light so far, but with locally heavy downpours expected, the York area could see some flash flooding and creeks coming out of their banks, he said.

The county will be monitoring the conditions, spokesman Carl Lindquist said.

Residents should pay attention to the conditions. Drivers should not drive through flooded roads or go around barricades, he said.

Crews with the state Department of Transportation were cleaning out drains in preparation for the rain, said Mike Martin, York County maintenance manager. They also have barrels and cones ready in case roads need to be closed.

“At least it’s not snow,” Martin said.

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Who will be named the best new driver in York County?

Who will be named the best new driver in York County?

That’s to be determined next week during the 23rd Annual York/Adams “Safe Driving Competition for Youth.”

The event will be held Tuesday at South Western High School.

It is sponsored by the Center for Traffic Safety and the York Area Highway Safety Council’s Safe Teen Driving Committee.

The students will be tested on the driving range, in a perceptive driving test and in a written test based on the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual, according to a news release.

Students who will participate were selected by their guidance counselors, driver education instructors and/or administrators within their school district.

The prizes include $2,500 for the winner, $1,500 for second-place and $500 for third-place. Glatfelter Insurance Group and the York/Adams Counties Chapter of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association are providing the prizes.

 

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Furnishings from Budget Host Inn, other business sold in online auction

Demolition on buildings in the area of Mount Rose Avenue and Haines Road/Camp Betty Washington Road began last month in preparation for the reconfiguring of the Mount Rose Avenue I-83 northbound exit and entrance ramps. The Yowza Spring Water building and the Denny's restaurant, pictured here, were among the first of several buildings to be razed  in preparation for the project. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Demolition on buildings in the area of Mount Rose Avenue and Haines Road/Camp Betty Washington Road began last month in preparation for the reconfiguring of the Mount Rose Avenue I-83 northbound exit and entrance ramps. The Yowza Spring Water building and the Denny’s restaurant, pictured here, were among the first of several buildings to be razed in preparation for the project. (Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News)

A 1987 Chrevrolet pickup, a woodstone pizza oven and hotel room furnishings were some of the items the state recently sold from the properties being demolished for the new Mount Rose interchange.

The state Department of Transportation of acquired the Budget Host Inn,  the Par-Tee Mini Golf, Mexitaly and other businesses along Camp Betty Washington Road for the upcoming interchange improvement. The furnishings for businesses usually come with an acquisition, but owners can negotiate with the state on what they would like to keep, said Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services.

(Mexitaly, by the way, has reopened in a new location not too far away from its former site. It is now open at 2440 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township.)

PennDOT turned the surplus property over to the state Department of General Services, which sold the items in an online auction, Thompson said. The auction closed on March 21.

It isn’t clear what happened with some items, such as the sailboat and the lighthouse, from a mini-golf course. They were not listed in the auction, and the course appears to be untouched.

You can see the results of the auction here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cameras will be required in new cars to prevent “back overs”

A new rule released Monday will require rear view cameras in new vehicles under 10,000 pounds to help prevent drivers from backing into people, according to a news release from Kids and Cars Inc.

Even with using three mirrors, drivers cannot see anything in a blind zone of 10 feet to 40 feet long behind their vehicle, the news release states.

More than 200 people are killed and 15,000 are injured from these type of crashes each year, the news release states, citing the U.S. Department of Transportation as the source of those numbers. Many of the victims are children under 5 and adults 70 or older.

The U.S. Department of Transportation was expected to issue the safety standard a long time ago, Kids and Cars said in the news release.

In 2008, Congress had directed the federal agency to issue a rear visibility standard for vehicles by 2011. But that did not happen and a lawsuit was filed. The standard was issued Monday, one day before a court was set to hear arguments in the case, the news release stated.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said in its release that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “took time on this regulation to ensure that the policy was right and make the rule flexible and achievable.”

The federal government, Kids and Cars and advocates for the change say the rule will help to save lives.

“This is the first federal regulation of rear visibility in our nation’s history. It’s about time the motoring public will finally be able to see what’s behind their vehicles while backing up,” Janette Fennell, president of KidsAndCars.org, said in the news release. “This measure will most definitely save children’s lives.”

The cameras will need to be installed in new vehicles on or after May 1, 2018, the federal news release states.

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Historical marker for Thomas Cresap relocated in Lower Windsor Township

From left to right, Paul Nevin, local history researcher; Karen Galle, Historic Marker Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC); Mark Platts, President, Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, stand near the marker for Thomas Cresap, which was recently relocated. (Submitted)

From left to right, Paul Nevin, local history researcher; Karen Galle, Historic Marker Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC); Mark Platts, President, Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, stand near the marker for Thomas Cresap, which was recently relocated. (Submitted)

An historic marker for Thomas Cresap has been relocated to the original site of his home in Lower Windsor Township, according to a news release from the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area.

Cresap settled at Pleasant Garden in 1729. This was during the boundary dispute between William Penn and Lord Baltimore, and Cresap served as guardian of Maryland’s interest in the area. Cresap clashed with local residents and authorities for about six years before moving to western Maryland, the news release states.

A stone and bronze marker for Cresap was erected in 1924 at Long Level because it was believed at that time the site was part of Pleasant Garden, the news release states. But historical research has shown that the location would be on or adjacent to the current Zimmerman Center for Heritage, which is located at 1706 Long Level Road.

So to increase the visibility and public access to the marker, the marker was recently moved to the Zimmerman Center for Heritage. It will be available to the public in June when an enhancement project is completed.

As a donation to the community, Kinsley Construction contributed the labor and equipment to move the memorial, the news release states.

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Will you volunteer to spring clean the roads?

Stephani Brown, left, with the Ladyz of Empowerment, a motorcycle organization, and Bill Payton of the American Indian Bikers Alliance M/C pick up trash in York. (Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News)

Stephani Brown, left, with the Ladyz of Empowerment, a motorcycle organization, and Bill Payton of the American Indian Bikers Alliance M/C pick up trash in York earlier this year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News)

When this snow melts, it will likely reveal lots of trash along the roads.

Plastic shopping bags, soda bottles and car parts are just some of the items that litter the highway.

It takes volunteers to help spruce up the roadsides and keep their communities looking beautiful.

This year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania runs through May 31, according to the state Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Volunteers receive gloves, trash bags and safety vests from PennDOT to participate in the cleanup.

How much does participating make a difference?

Consider this: Last year’s effort resulted in 6.1 million pounds of litter being picked up statewide along roads, trails and shorelines, a news release states.

Are you interested in participating? You can find a listing up cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup and other information at www.gacofpa.org.

 

 

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Bridge over Codorus Creek closes because it is no longer safe

The Hayrick Road bridge closed last week because it was determined to no longer be safe to carry vehicles. (Photo submitted)

The Hayrick Road bridge closed last week because an inspection determined that it is no longer safe to carry vehicles. (Photo submitted)

A bridge in York County closed last week after a recent inspection, said Steve Malesker, senior project manager with C.S. Davidson Inc.

The Hayrick Road bridge over the Codorus Creek at the Heidelberg and North Codorus Township line was closed because an inspection showed corrosion on one of the truss members, Malesker said in an email. An analysis determined that the bridge is no longer safe to carry traffic.

The bridge is a single-span, wrought iron pony truss that was built in 1909. Before it was closed, it was posted with a 4-ton weight limit, Malesker said. With that weight limit, it could not even carry emergency vehicles.

The bridge will not be considered for replacement or maintenance at this time, Malesker said. If it will not be put back in service, crews will likely install a cul-de-sac on each approach to allow vehicles to turn around.

 

 

 

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Was the boom earlier this month a “frost quake”?

Earlier this month, a reader contacted us about a “boom” that was heard in the Dover area on New Year’s Day.

Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services looked into the issue a little more, and he thinks that “frost quakes” might be a possibility. The (Sharon) Herald in western Pennsylvania had a story recently about cryoseisms after people there heard a bang or felt the earth shake.

The quakes can occur when the ground is saturated with water and the temperature drops sharply, geologist Lindell Bridges told the newspaper. Unlike earthquakes, frost quakes happen in the shallow ground. You can read the story here.

Seismographs in the area showed some “noise” throughout the afternoon but did not register an earthquake, Jones said. He read the story about the “frost quakes,” and it “sounds like what’s going on here.”

What do you think?

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Tilted sign on Leader Heights Road needs to be readjusted

A reader has been in touch with me about a sign that has been tilted — and now totally flipped — on Leader Heights Road in York Township.

The sign indicates to drivers heading east on Leader Heights Road which lane they need to be in if they want to get on Interstate 83 North.

The reader said the sign had been tilted at an angle for some time.

Local residents know their way around, but as the reader pointed out, drivers unfamiliar with the area wouldn’t be able to see it.

Have you seen similar problems in your area?

 

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Did you hear a boom or feel the house shake on New Year’s Day?

A reader contacted us recently about a boom heard in the Dover area on New Year’s Day.

He said that many people reported hearing it, and some said their houses shook. It happened around 3 p.m.

So I called Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services to see if he had heard anything about it.

Jones said he had heard a boom around 12:50 p.m. that day. He checked Millersville University’s seismograph, and he saw little blips on it throughout the afternoon, including 3:01 p.m.

What was it? He’s not sure, he said. He planned to check in with a senior geologic scientist with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey about it.

“You have a nice mystery there,” Jones said.

Did you hear or feel anything on New Year’s Day? If so, when, where and about what time? Please describe what you heard or felt.

 

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