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State Agencies Monitoring Possible Impacts From Florence

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HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is supplementing staffing in the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center to monitor conditions as remnants of Florence move through the state, and to quickly respond to resource requests from impacted counties. PEMA Director Richard Flinn said PEMA personnel are staffing the situation awareness unit and logistics section. Multiple state agencies are standing by, in the event that state resources are needed. Motorists can see incident alerts – such as closures due to flooding – on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA.com and clicking “Incidents.” 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. PennDOT cautions motorists to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.

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