Slatington passes resolution for potential funding in the wake of storm
Slatington could receive emergency funding to alleviate damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias earlier this month.
Borough council on Monday approved a resolution which declares a special limited disaster emergency under the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code, which could allow for the potential funding in the wake of the storm.
Additionally, a motion to authorize Lehigh Engineering to submit a multimodal application for stormwater improvements on Shadow Oaks Lane was passed, which could lessen future storm damages as well.
Although Tropical Storm Isaias resulted in disastrous damages for many homeowners, it also damaged the Slate Heritage Trail and bridge in Slatington. Repairs are currently underway and the bridge is set to be fixed within the next few days.
As for the trail, about a 50-foot stretch of it is ruined from the storm and is currently closed off to the public. Visitors are advised to adhere to any warning signs or barricades in the future to ensure their safety until damages are fully repaired.
The borough was hit especially hard after Isaias dumped inches of rain on the region Aug. 4, causing residents to clean up the damage from flooded creeks and storm drains.
Seventh Street Village in Slatington became part of the Trout Creek as the waterway swelled from the tropical storm. Fences were toppled and covered with debris from the storm.
Firefighters evacuated the housing complex as water rushed down the street, through a block of houses. Some residents stayed with family members in the area. The rest were shuttled to a hotel and returned home Wednesday morning.
Council Vice President Jason Ruff addressed the two major incidents the borough faced last week, including the police shootout on Aug. 1 and the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias.
“Over the past week-and-a-half, the borough faced two serious incidents which put a strain on our limited resources: police activity on Second Street followed by the tropical storm,” Ruff said. The borough experienced unprecedented flooding on Trout Creek. In addition, hundreds of residents experienced flooding backups in their homes. The situation evolved very rapidly and everyone did the best they could given the scope of the disaster.”
Ruff then expressed council’s gratitude toward the numerous organizations and people who contributed.
“The Slatington Borough Council would like to thank all those who worked tirelessly to get us through both of these events. In particular, we would like to thank the Slatington Police Force, Chief (David) Rachman, the Slatington Volunteer Fire Company, Emergency Management Director Ron Hausman, the Slatington road crew, Slatington water plant operators, Slatington sewer plant operators, Slatington Borough office staff, the Northern Lehigh School District, and the Lehigh County Emergency Management office.”