Inspectors are closely monitoring waterways after a freak storm caused a broken pipeline in Pennsylvania.
Central and Western Pennsylvania had to face an unexpectedly strong storm early Friday that came with winds of almost 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service and almost 7 inches level of rain gathered rain water.
The storm caused numerous destructions as it generated flooding and mudslides that swept up at least two houses, with many hundreds more being damaged and almost 100 people were forced out of their homes. It also led to the death of a man.
The trail of damages spreads over 150 miles and includes damaged or destroyed houses and vehicles, downed power lines, and also railroad beds damage.
But the biggest problem that authorities have had to face is the outcome of a rupture in a gas pipeline. The landslides and floods caused by the rapid falling and heavy downfall led to nearly 55,000 gasoline gallons spilling from the pipeline and into a tributary waterway of the Loyalsock Creek.
The broken pipeline, which belongs to Sunoco and transported gasoline in Lycoming County, was shut off Friday, in the early morning and has remained closed as the crews are working to counter the effects of its spilling.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Emergency Response Team was called on site and has been working with the Sunoco staff and consultant.
As the pipeline is still underwater, the exact placement and source of the leak are still unknown and as such are being investigated, but the problem was noticed early Friday after technicians registered a pressure drop in the pipe.
An emergency-response team has already been sent to collect and contain the spilled gasoline from atop waterways. Skimmers will clean the water and containment booms will be placed so as to stop the gasoline from spreading into any other areas.
The Pennsylvania American Water also shut down, late on Friday night, the treatment plant situated along the Susquehanna River as a precaution as the river is in a downstream location in relation to the spill.
As the cleanup efforts have been initiated, authorities expect some time will pass before the situation resorts to normal and the broken pipeline is repaired.
Cleaning and repairs will also have to be made to the roads and houses, with local residents having already taken up the task ever since late Friday night.
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