Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Multi-year federal project is re-examining the flood zones throughout Northampton County.
Be prepared, residents of Forks and Palmer townships: Your flood zone could be changing. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is undertaking a multi-year project to re-examine flood zones in Northampton County, including Palmer and Forks. The project is designed to develop detailed, digital hazard maps—Flood Insurance Rate Maps—that reflect current flood risks, replacing maps that are over a decade old. With Forks and Palmer prone to flooding, flood insurance is required once these maps become effective. For more information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program's website. The maps are projected to become effective in September as will any new flood insurance requirements. The maps may be reviewed at the …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Palmer Township Police Department said several roads are closed Thursday morning due to the overnight storm.
****PALMER ROAD CLOSURES**** Due to flood conditions, the Palmer Township Police Department has closed several roads until further notice:
Friday, December 21, 2012
Heavy rains wash out Zucksville Road where it meets Bushkill Drive as car gets submerged in rushing waters.
If you drive near the end of Zucksville Road in Forks Township Friday, you'll see a surprise: A submerged car. Heavy rains prompted Forks officials to close the No. 1 flooded area in the township once again: Zucksville Road where it meets Bushkill Drive. Public Works Director Mark Roberts has stated that that location is the top flood zone in Forks Township and a portion of Zucksville Road has been closed due to flooding for more than a dozen times this year. On Friday, it was closed again early this morning. At the far end of Bushkill Drive, a Forks police car had blocked the entrance of Zucksville from Bushkill Drive where a car was submerged in the rushing water. Forks public works crews were on the scene.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Will Tropical Storm Sandy hit the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast with heavy rain/snow, high winds and flooding?
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Some computer models show that Tropical Storm Sandy could hit the Northeast - including eastern Pennsylvania - with fury early next week, which is the anniversary of last year's bizarre "Snowtober" storm. Sandy could bring rain, snow, high winds and possible storm-surge flooding to the Boston-to-Washington corridor in a "slingshot" scenario, in which the tropical storm (or hurricane) initially moves out to sea, but is captured by the jet stream and flung back to the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, according to Climate Central's Andrew Freedman. A USA Today report says the storm could hit the Northeast the day before Halloween and it could be devastating. Sandy's first U.S. impacts will be along the East Coast of Florida this afternoon and …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Forks Township applies for grant that would evaluate areas contributing to flooding in Forks/Palmer.
Forks Township has applied for a grant that will allow officials to study areas that are contributing to flooding in the township and nearby Palmer Township. Township Manager John Cornell said the Delaware & Lehigh mini-grant would allow Forks Township to put together a special project to study stormwater runoff and evaluate the impact of the Bushkill Creek. Cornell discussed the grant with the Board of Supervisors at its July 19 meeting. Cornell and Supervisor Robert Egolf also met with the Bushkill Conservancy organization and brainstormed with Public Safety Director Mark Roberts and Town Engineer Scott Muller about the project. Cornell said the project description calls for an examination of stream features contributing to flooding, the…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
FEMA has remapped the flood zones in Northampton County.
FEMA's recent remapping of flood zones in Northampton County could have an impact on Palmer Township. Township Supervisor Bob Lammi informed the board at a recent meeting about the remapping and wondered what impact it could have on Palmer Township property owners. "Has anyone looked at the impact?" Lammi asked. FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Township Manager Christopher Christman said he had discussed the issue with Planning Director Cynthia Carman and Public Safety Director Tom Adams regarding three streams that could impact certain property owners. In other recent Board of Supervisors business:
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Do you think drivers who ignore flood roadblocks and need to be rescued should be fined?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Major storms inevitably bring stories of drivers who ignore flood roadblocks and end up needing rescue by emergency crews. Now, Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a bill that would levy fines on drivers who disregard the familiar warning to "turn around, don't drown." The bill would impose: What do you think? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments section below.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is revising local flood plain maps.
FEMA is updating its flood plain maps, and that may affect some Easton property owners, city planner Brian Gish said Wednesday evening. "They will be updating, and then voting on it to become law," Gish told the city Planning Commission. There are more than 200 properties that lie along local waterways, and the city is sending out letters notifying those property owners of the reevaluation and possible changes, he said. The changes by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) will not only affect insurance rates in the city, but could also affect zoning, as land in a flood plain is restricted to certain uses, officials said. Public comment is being taken until March 22 and will be followed by a 90-day appeal period. City officials …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Downtown Easton center hopes to educate people, but also learn from them as well.
Dozens of people turned out Tuesday evening to mark the grand opening of Easton's Nurture Nature Center. Technically, the center has been open and running programs for the last few months; Tuesday's event was more about ceremony, a chance for the folks running the center to thank the people who'd helped get it off the ground, and to show off what it can do. Visitors got a look at the center's Sphere -- a high-definition, globe-shaped projection screen used to educate the public about weather events such as flooding. Around the room were hung blow-ups of newspaper stories about past Easton floods, ranging from the devastating Hurricane Diane flood in 1955 to the floods that hit the Delaware River earlier this year. Director Rachel Hogan-…
Thursday, September 29, 2011
More showers and thunderstorms expected this afternoon
A record-high amount of rain fell in the Lehigh Valley in September. The amount was 12.77 inches - besting the 1999 record of 11.57 inches - according to measurements at Lehigh Valley International Airport. More showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Soggy September was preceeded by the wettest August ever when 13.47 inches of rain fell. Lehigh and Northampton counties remain under a flood watch until 10 a.m. today. By Saturday, the daily high temperature will drop about 20 degrees from today - down to a predicted 58. Bethlehem's Monocacy Creek has flooded for the third time in two months and Easton and Forks Township have also been affected by flooding from last night's rain, …