Mayor Michael Sofranko, of Jim Thorpe, declared an emergency for rising water levels due to the heavy rains at Thursday evening's Borough Council Meeting. Concerns were raised about the water levels near the water plant and sewage plant.

The water levels are currently being monitored.

"For the purpose of manpower and anything else that might come up with levels changing, we'll have a disaster emergency declared in both those plant areas," stated Sofranko.

The declaration of emergency officially began Thursday and it will last for the next 30 days.

The main concern is with the water level of Mauch Chunk Creek near the plants. The water and sewage plants will now have 24 hour operation. Staff will be there to monitor and maintain the plants.

This declaration of emergency is being done so the Borough Manager and the Supervisors of the plants can, "do what would be needed necessary in case we would run into a problem," said Sofranko.

"We haven't had any street flooding, any road flooding, or washout anywhere. It's (the emergency declaration) to do with the elevations of the streams and river. They are causing us some challenges in our plants," said Borough Manager Wesley Johnson.

With the declaration of emergency, Jim Thorpe can go through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to try to receive funding to aid in the overtime for the sewage and water plants staff. This would be done if a state wide emergency or county disaster declaration is established.