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PennDOT prepares for storm

Motorists advised on how to handle Irene.

In anticipation of this weekend’s predicted heavy rain, PennDOT Engineering District 5 has maintenance crews throughout the region today clearing drainage inlets, removing debris from roadways and ensuring all equipment (chainsaws, backhoes, message boards, etc.) are in good working order. 

 PennDOT warns motorists to do their part and take precautions for driving during inclement weather, and not to attempt driving through high water.

This weekend’s rainfall may cause water to back up on area roadways. 

Motorists are warned not to drive across roads covered with water because the water may be deeper than it looks.

Motorists who encounter water-covered roads are encouraged to turn around and find an alternate route.

Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting www.511PA.com.

511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras.

The 511 site also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

 PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles.

 A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and weather appropriate clothes.

When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.

 PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA.

Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the website.

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