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Many government offices closed Monday

By Nancy Dougherty, WFMZ.com Reporter, NDougherty@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 29 2012 06:58:59 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 29 2012 04:26:55 PM CDT
Bucks County Courthouse

Bucks County Courthouse

Several government offices will be closed Monday due to Hurricane Sandy.

The federal courthouses in Allentown and Philadelphia will be closed.

All non-essential state level offices are also closed.

As of 8:30 a.m., county offices in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe in Pennsylvania are OPEN Monday.

There's no word of any closings of county offices in Warren County, New Jersey.

There will also be no FedEx transportation to Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia on Monday.

Berks County

All non-essential county departments will be closed.

The Reading City Hall and Citizens Service Center will close at 2 p.m. Monday.

Any non-emergency problems can be reported to the Reading Police Department's non-emergency number at 610-0655-6116.

In Reading, trash and recycling collection is on a two-day delay. Collection originally scheduled for Monday is postponed until Wednesday, and collection will be adjusted forward from there. Residents are urged to bring trash/recycling set out Monday back in until Wednesday.

Storm-related problems in Reading should be sent to the Emergency Command Center at 610-371-7765.

If traffic signals are knocked out of service, intersections should be treated as a four-way stop.

Hamburg and Longswamp Twp. have declared a storm emergency, starging at noon Monday. Longswamp's is in effect until noon Wednesday. Hamburg's declaration is in effect until further notice.

Leesport has declared a state of emergency in effect until further notice.

Mt. Penn is under a state of emergency. No trash pickup Tuesday; double pickup Friday.

Lehigh County

The Drop Off Recycling Center, located at 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., in Allentown, will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Allentown's yard waste site, located at Oxford Dr. & Fish Hatchery Rd., will be closed on Tuesday. After the storm, it is anticipated that the city’s yard waste recycling site will open Wednesday and will remain open until further notice to assist with debris.

If there are downed trees and flooding in Allentown streets, contact the city’s Emergency Operations Center at 610-437-7669.

For additional information, residents can log on to Allentown's website.

South Whitehall Twp. is opening its township Emergency Operations Center at noon Monday. Residents can call 610-0871-2320. The township's recycling drop-off center is closed Monday.

Whitehall Twp. officials have canceled refuse, recycling, yard waste and leaf pickup for Tuesday. All zones go to a holiday schedule for the rest of the week. The township municipal building is open and the emergency operations center will remain open until the storm has passed.

In Coplay, Lehigh Co., the rumor control phone number is 610-262-0394.

PennDOT is closing photo-licensing centers in Hecktown and Allentown at noon  Monday.

Northampton County

Mayor John Callahan declared a State of Emergency for the City of Bethlehem Monday morning. City officials said they will act as necessary to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.

As a result of the emergency declaration, the City of Bethlehem is recommending individuals residing in areas historically prone to flooding to evacuate. As the storm progresses, flooding in these area is more likely. Officials said the city has taken steps to notify by phone and in person, individuals residing in these areas.  It is likely that as the storm progresses, roads to and from these areas will become impassable.  The city recommends evacuations be completed before 3 p.m. to ensure safety.

The city anticipates closing roads in response to conditions.  Roads prone to flooding will be closed at 4 p.m.  Those roads include Conestoga Street, Mauch Chunk Road and the roads in the Saucon Park area.

Anyone needing shelter due to flooding or loss of power may go to the Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley Shelter at UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem. The shelter opened  at 12 p.m. on Monday.  Animals can be sheltered next to the UGI location at 2120 City Line Road, Bethlehem.

The Bethlehem Parking Authority has offered free parking in Bethlehem at all city meters and all city parking garages for Monday and Tuesday.

Bethlehem recycling collection has been suspended for Monday and Tuesday, and the Bethlehem Recycling Center and Compost Facility have been closed.

In Bethlehem, the city's recycling center and compost center will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Depending on the weather, the center should reopen Wednesday. In addition, curbside recycling pickup for Monday and Tuesday are also canceled.

In Easton, Mayor Sal Panto has declared a state of emergency for the city through Tuesday at midnight. He has implemented a 9 p.m. Monday night for both motorists and pedestrians. This curfew ends at dawn Tuesday. Only those going to or from their workplace are allowed to travel within the city.

Garbage collection in Easton will be a day late starting Wednesday. There will be no collection on Tuesday.

Easton City Hall's main phone line - 610-250-6600 -- will be staffed until 11 p.m. Monday.

Bushkill Twp. has declared a state of emergency.

Montgomery County

The county Courthouse and government offices are closed Monday.

Schuylkill Co.

Recycling pickups have been suspended for Monday and Tuesday, and will resume on Wednesday. Residents are urged to not leave bins or material outside of the bins that will be blown by the strong winds expected in the next 48 hours.

Bucks Co.

All county offices in Bucks County are closed Monday and non-essential operations will be shut down. All essential (24/7) operations personnel are required to report for their regular shift.

Trash pickup will be cancelled on Tuesday in the Borough of Sellersville. Normal collection is expected to resume on Thursday and Friday.

In Pike County, Pa., the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will close all offices and facilities at noon Monday.

CARBON COUNTY

A state of emergency is in effect in Lehighton Borough. Residents are urged to report any storm damage and keep drains in their residential area clear of leaves and debris. For more information, call 610-377-4003.

PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE

The Pennsylvania Office of Administration announced that state office buildings in the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg Area, Pittsburgh, Reading, Scranton and Philadelphia State Office Buildings will be closed to non-essential employees on Tuesday, October 30, due to hazardous weather conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“In order to ensure the safety of our workforce and comply with the recommendations of emergency officials to remain at home and avoid traveling on the roads, we are authorizing non-essential employees in state office buildings to stay home on Tuesday,” said Secretary of Administration Kelly Powell Logan.

Non-essential employees working in state office buildings located in other areas will receive specific instructions from their agencies.

Essential employees, particularly those working in public safety, should continue to come to work as scheduled.

Employees and the public should monitor their local media outlets for the most up-to-date information on state office delays and closings. Information is also available on the Alerts & Advisories page at www.pa.govhttp://www.pa.gov.

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board authorized the early closure of all PA Wine & Spirits Stores at 3 p.m. on Monday.

The closure will affect approximately 435 stores throughout the state.

As a result of the deteriorating weather conditions, 170 PA Wine & Spirits stores in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia counties did not open Monday.

The PLCB will continue to monitor the changing weather conditions to determine if the stores will remain closed or reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 30, as scheduled.

For updates, call PLCB consumer relations at 1-800-272-7522, option 3.

New Jersey

In Hackettstown, Warren Co., there will be no overnight parking Monday night on all town streets and municipal lots due to the storm.

In New Jersey, all county offices in Hunterdon, except those who operate under at 24/7 schedule) are closed Monday.