Columbia Borough opens shelters following state of emergency

Officials in Columbia, Lancaster County have declared a state of emergency beginning Wednesday at 2 p.m., due to power outages as well as the threat of freezing temperatures and strong winds overnight.

Recent winter weather left many residents without power, and falling trees damaged a number of homes in the area. Utility companies are working to restore power, and the Public Works Department is in the process of removing ice, snow and downed trees and limbs from roadways.

The Columbia Borough Emergency Management Team has also activated shelters in each of the three Borough Fire Companies:

  • Columbia #1 Fire Company, located on Front Street South of Locust Street
  • Susquehanna Fire Company, located at 10th & Manor Street
  • Columbia Consolidated Fire Company, located at 10th & Mifflin Street

Residents needing emergency shelter are asked to report to one of these Fire Companies for assistance. Anyone not able to travel is asked to contact Columbia Borough Police Department at (717) 684-7735 or (717) 684-2120.

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