The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) advises motorists many state roads are closed in East Central Pennsylvania because of flooding and/or downed trees and power lines caused by Hurricane Irene last week and rain storms this week.
Here is the latest list of road closings in PennDOT Engineering District 5, which includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties:
Ÿ Route 895 between Hollow and Germans roads in East Penn Township due to flooding;
Ÿ Lower Smith Gap Road between Little Gap Road and Blue Mountain Drive in Lower Towamensing Township due to flooding.
Ÿ Country Club Road between PA 443 and PA 902 in Mahoning Township due to flooding.
Ÿ Interstate 81 south between exits 124 (Route 61) and 100 (Route 443) due to flooding;
Ÿ Interstate 81 north between exits 90 (Route 72) and 100 (Route 443) due to flooding;
Ÿ Route 125 between Penndye Street in Pine Grove Borough and the beginning of Route 125 due to flooding;
Ÿ Route 183 between Second and Pottsville/Sillyman streets in Cressona Borough due to flooding;
Ÿ Route 443 between Swatara Drive in Pine Grove Township and School Street in Pine Grove Borough due to flooding;
Ÿ Route 645 near the intersection with Route 443 in Pine Grove Township due to flooding;
Ÿ Route 901 in the City of Pottsville due to flooding;
Ÿ Route 924 between Eagle Lock Lodge in East Union Township and Scotch Pine Drive in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, due to flooding;
Ÿ Main Street/Greenview Road/Meadow Drive between Spring Lane and Deiberts Valley Road in South Manheim Township due to flooding;
Ÿ Meadow View/Dads Burnham Road between Deturksville and Sweet Arrow Lake roads in Washington Township due to flooding;
Ÿ Gold Mine Road between the Dauphin County line in Tremont Township and Greenwood/Clarks Valley Road in Porter Township due to flooding;
Ÿ Highridge Park/Gordon Road at the intersection with Biddle and McKnight streets in Gordon Borough due to flooding.
Ÿ US 209 between 18th Street and Pine Street in Porter Township due to flooding.
PennDOT warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because the water may be deeper than it looks, and to never drive around barricades or signs on closed roads – turn around, don't drown.
Motorists are also advised traffic signals may not be functioning due to power outages, and to use extreme caution at intersections.
Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or visiting www.511PA.com.