Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Morning Storm Update

The mandatory water conservation order from Pennsylvania American Water customers in Allegheny and Washington Counties remains in effect this morning and the PA Department of Environmental Protection is urging residents that have seen any interruptions in water service during the storm to boil their water before drinking it as a precautionary measure. The water should be boiled for a full minute.

City crews continue to deal trees and branches that fell on roads and are still working to clear some main arteries. It is unclear when plows will be able to begin work on the secondary streets. Most county roads are passable and most have been plowed. Some have been salted. State maintained roads are for the most part only wet.

There are still more that 50,000 Allegheny County Residents without power. Downed wires and damaged poles are to blame for most of the problems. Warming centers have been opened throughout the region to help those without power. A list of those centers can be found at the Allegheny County Web site, the Pittsburgh web site and the Red Cross web site. Several fire halls have also been opened and are providing shelter and some food for those without power.

Bus and T service is extremely limited this morning with a scant few routes operating. The Port Authority at this time has no estimate as to when service will be restored.

Pittsburgh international Airport is open but several flights are canceled due to system-wide problems. PAT says the fastest way to get service updates is through their Twitter page.

Remember to check in on elderly and disabled friends and neighbors.

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