SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove is operating under a “snow emergency” declaration that began Wednesday (Feb. 12 2014) at 10 p.m. and continues through Friday at 10 a.m., township Police Chief Michael Foltz reported. Given the forecast, that condition may continue into Friday morning (Feb. 14).
AccuWeather predictions for the Greater Pottstown area (find updates here) indicate snow, mixed at times with rain, will persist for many hours. Driving conditions will be poor, and the National Weather Service has put a winter storm warning into effect through Friday at 6 a.m., it said. Estimates of accumulations vary from between 4 and 12 inches, depending on specific locations. High temperatures of 35 degrees, and lows of 20 are expected.
The snow emergency allows township Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Wilcox, Foltz, and their team members can do whatever is deemed necessary to protect lives and ensure public safety and welfare.
- Lower Pottsgrove‘s municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., will be closed Thursday.
- Township departments deemed “essential” for continued operations – primarily police and public works – “are fully staffed” and on duty, Foltz said.
- The Pottsgrove School District announced Wednesday it had made a decision in advance to close all buildings and cancel classes Thursday.
The emergency declaration states the storm has had or could have an impact that involves potential “injuries, damage and suffering” to persons and property within the township. Addressing those problems requires “emergency management measures” to reduce their severity, it says. Pennsylvania law enables Lower Pottsgrove to make that call.
Consequently, Wilcox has the authority “to coordinate the activities of the emergency response, to take all appropriate action needed to alleviate the effects of this storm, and to aid in the restoration of essential public services.” He can hire temporary help, rent equipment, buy supplies and materials, and even enter into contracts on behalf of the township without enduring any pesky bidding procedures or paperwork, the declaration states.
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