Some area roads remain closed until high water recedes

The state Department of Transportation first released a list of routes and roads that were closed from the flash floods that took the county by surprise around 6 a.m. Friday.

A network of 10 stretches of routes were closed spanning Hepburn, Eldred, Lewis, Gamble, Plunketts Creek, Cascade and Loyalsock townships for most of the day.

By 10:30 p.m. PennDOT announced eight roads were still closed.

They were:

• Route 973 between Lycoming Creek Road in Hepburn Township and Northway Road in Eldred Township.

• Southard, Beech Valley and Field Station roads between Route 14 in Lewis Township and Wallis Run Road in Gamble Township.

• Lower Barbours, Hoppestown and Proctor roads between Dunwoody and Barbours Cemetery roads in Plunketts Creek Township and the Sullivan County line.

• Slacks Run, Kellysburg and Wallis Run roads between Route 14 in Lewis Township and Flanagan Hill Road in Cascade Township.

• Market Street Bloomingrove Road between Northway Road and Route 973 in Hepburn Township.

• Northway Road between Four Mile Drive in Loyalsock Township and Route 973 in Eldred Township.

• Warrensville Road between Route 973 in Eldred Township and Lick Run Road in Loyalsock Township.

• Wallis Run Road between Murray Run Road in Gamble Township and Wallis Run Road in Cascade Township.

It is hard to say when the roads will reopen because PennDOT crews will have to wait for the water to recede to a safe level before inspecting the closed roads, Kim Smith, safety press officer, said.

“There are some crews that are out 24/7,” Smith said. “A couple roads that are closer to the access of people’s homes are a priority so they can travel freely and safely as soon as possible.”

PennDOT will continue assessing the situation throughout the impacted areas.

Motorists should be alert and watch for standing water on roadways throughout the area and should never attempt to drive through flooded roadways.