I told you yesterday that county government is the forgotten government. No one notices until something like Tropical Storm Ida hits.
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure briefed County Council last night on the storm. He noted that, as of 6:30 pm, there were 22 water rescues, but no serious injuries."Fire, EMS and police did a fantastic job keeping our citizens safe," he observed. He noted that the Delaware River in Easton crested earlier and lower than expected. He indicated EMS (Emergency Management Services) are still doing a damage assessment.
In advance of the storm, McClure beefed up both EMS and the 911 Center.
While there was no serious bodily injury, McClure indicated that about 25 properties in Freemansburg were hit pretty hard. He stated EMS was in the borough, assisting residents in the paperwork that must be completed for federal assistance.
Finally, he observed that parks, which often are next to waterways, were hit very hard.
I rode along Tatamy trail on my return from the courthouse yesterday. The Bushkill Creek, which runs parallel to that trail, had caused no problems, which is something of a miracle. I have seen less severe storms do far more damage.
In Lehigh County, EMS is encouraging residents to report storm damage that may have been sustained after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida moved through the area. This will provide both the municipalities and the county a better understanding of the extent of the damage throughout Lehigh County.
Lehigh County residents can report their damages to their home/property by completing the survey at: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/2eef2ea1f0f049ce9d5d219f6b8e14ba?portalUrl=https://LehighGIS.maps.arcgis.com.
Please feel free to upload pictures of the damage into the survey as well.
For more information on the Damage Survey, call the Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency at (610) 782-4600.
Updated 11 am.