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Live Coverage of Hurricane Irene

The Lehigh Valley area cleans up after Irene. Post what you see here.

Welcome to Patch's live, continuous blog coverage of Hurricane Irene and its impact on the Lehigh Valley.

We'll be providing updates here from noon Saturday through Monday morning, including publishing your contributions — tweets (#LVIrene), photos and comments.

To add your comments to the blog, just start typing in the text box above. You can upload photos too. Or you can send them to jerry.brahm@patch.com.

Stephanie Brown August 28, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Reports indicate that Spring Valley Road is closed due to flooding between Route 378 and Washington Lane.
Stephanie Brown August 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Any more information on the State of Emergency that has declared in Hellertown?
dave saltzer August 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM
All of us living between the high st bridge and seidersvile bridge in Bethlehem are morooned. Ravena st is closed for flooding and there is a car stuck in the silvex rd tunnel.
Richard Hafner August 28, 2011 at 01:37 PM
My photos were taken of the area between Water Street and Meadows Road after 7 AM Sunday, August 28th
Josh Popichak (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 01:43 PM
Thanks for uploading these photos Richard. I don't doubt that a state of emergency has been declared in Hellertown after seeing them, although I haven't seen or heard that officially (yet).
Stephanie Brown August 28, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Thanks for the pictures Richard. Needless to say those Raods are closed.
Stephanie Brown August 28, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Not finding much info on the Lower Saucon Township or Hellertown Borough websites? Where are all the township and borough officials?
Stephanie Brown August 28, 2011 at 02:04 PM
This is just like Ivan!
Stephanie Brown August 28, 2011 at 02:05 PM
10 water rescues in Northampton County alone!
Deborah Simpson August 28, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Why does the Emmaus Patch only have one picture of Emmaus in the Hurricane pics??
Stephanie Brown August 28, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Not many people out taking pictures, it is dangerous!
Stephanie Brown August 28, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Reports indicate Black River Road is closed due to trees down.
Naomi Winch August 28, 2011 at 03:50 PM
I just took some of my family and property
Joshua Gillem August 28, 2011 at 04:49 PM
There is a downed tree in upper macungie on Cetronia road. The road is closed between krocks rd and mill creek.
Joshua Gillem August 28, 2011 at 05:08 PM
The crew responded quickly and removed the tree from the road. Cetronia has reopened
Dan Shope August 28, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Haasandahl Road in Upper Macungie has several downed trees accross it. The nearby Jordan Creek has flooded into the roadway and trapped at least one car. The Fogelsville Dam, near Haasandahl Road and Route 100, is in danger of collapsing.
Jenae Holtzhafer August 28, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Lower Macungie Road is closed at Millrace Rd. due to downed tree on power lines. Detour through Millbrook Farms.
Jenae Holtzhafer August 28, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Deborah, get ready. I live in Emmaus and have been without power since midnight, but I drove over to Wescosville to upload the pix. There are plenty! Stay tuned!
Chris DeFrain August 28, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Power finally back on in Emmaus
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Ummm, just a guess. I don't think it will be open on Sunday as the hurricane won't quite be finished yet. O_o
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Thanks Robin! I heard bangs outside at that time but thought it was the wind knocking our trash cans together.
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Power went out for me in Emmaus at 12:15am and didn't come back up until 3:15 today. It went out for a minute or two later at 5pm but came back up right away. Shortly after that we got a phone message from PPL asking people to be patient, that there will still be power problems on and off tonight. So don't put those flashlights or candles away yet folks!
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM
The power failure was all of Emmaus.
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Portions of eastern PA lost power on and off during the night and today. If you cannot contact your parents or their neighbors, try calling another relative to ask them to check on your Mom and Dad.
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM
And if your parents live anywhere near a river or creek, there is a chance they were evacuated.
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Got power restored in Emmaus at 3:15 pm. Went out AGAIN around 5 for a minute or two, then returned again. Please keep those flashlights and candles handy, just in case we lose power again! If you need ice for your food, Giant on Emmaus Ave ran out of ice this morning. Redner's on Lehigh Street had no power. I got my ice at the convenience store behind the McDonald's on Lehigh Street but they didnt' have much left. You might have to drive to another town to find ice. Remember Emmaus wasn't the only community to lose power and other people might have bought up all the ice and some stores might be closed.
Lioness August 28, 2011 at 11:15 PM
It would be great if the officials of Emmaus would make arrangements for a shelter AHEAD of a disaster! When we lose power, it does us no good if shelter locations are announced in the media or online. People won't hear it!! If signs are posted around town DURING a storm, who would see it if we're all stuck indoors or not out and about in that particular area? Ideas for a shelter: churches, fire companies, large businesses with empty areas (such as Rodale on 6th Street!), school gymnasiums. The movie theater isn't a good idea since its too full of small cramped seats. No room for cots if needed. Not enough bathrooms either.
Jenae Holtzhafer August 29, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Weis in Emmaus was open all day on a generator and had a new supply of ice if anyone still needs it! Hope everyone is back on the grid!
Lioness August 29, 2011 at 05:02 AM
Actually, I was talking with a cashier when I went to Weis at 8pm this evening. She told me the generator died and Weis closed most of the day. They reopened around 5-ish. They were closed when I was driving around looking for ice earlier in the day. ^_^
Lioness August 29, 2011 at 05:07 AM
I'd like to know why there were kids running up our street behind Jefferson Elementary School, yelling like banshees, at 1am when the hurricane was at its worst. My husband and I jumped out of bed, ready to call 911 cus we thought someone was injured. Where were the parents? These kids weren't educated in the dangers of running around in the middle of a hurricane? If any of the wires were in the water, they could have stepped on them! There were lightning dangers too. There were sharp objects in the water that they could have injured themselves on. C'mon people!! Instruct your children better and lay some ground rules when there is an emergency like this. >_<

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