Crews across the Midstate continue to clean up after last weekend’s historic snowstorm. On Tuesday, January 26:
Many main roads are clear but side streets are still covered with snow.
- The city of Harrisburg has crews working around the clock to move snow to City Island. On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Papenfuse says the city hopes to have 10 more loaders and additional plows from outside contractors.
- Lancaster residents are also frustrated with a slow snow cleanup. The city’s public work director told ABC 27 News it could be days until a plow is able to get down some of the side streets.
- In York, Public Works Director James Gross estimated about 70 percent of their 140 miles of roads are in good shape, or at least passable. City leaders there are also urging patience.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is investigating itself.
One of the most dangerous situations during the blizzard was a standstill on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. About 500 cars were stranded behind several jack-knifed tractor trailers near Somerset. The Turnpike Commission wants to make sure that never happens again and is investigating the response.
There were, at least, four blizzard-related deaths in the Midstate.
Two men in Lancaster County died clearing snow. Both were in their 70’s. An elderly man was found dead in a snow bank in Cumberland County and in Dauphin County, a man died while shoveling his driveway.
A pregnant 18-year-old died while shoveling snow.
Police in Pottstown say Briahna Gerloff was taken to the hospital around 9 a.m. Saturday where she later died. Friends say Gerloff suffered from a heart ailment and was 8 months pregnant. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
Waiting on a flight? Things should get back on track today.
More than 12,000 flights were canceled because of the snowstorm. Airlines have called in extra crews and customer service agents and hope to have things back to normal on Tuesday.