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Ida remnants lead to evacuations and a busy day for emergency management

As over 7 inches of rain fell in some parts of the county over a 24 hour period from Tuesday into Wednesday, the effects of the remnants of hurricane Ida were felt throughout the region.

“A lot of people were impacted,” said County Emergency Services Director Warren Bladen.  “We did a number of water rescues of people in cars.” Bladen said 90 county roads were closed due to flooding or trees down.

A Gettysburg College crosses campus during the storm [Gettysburg Connection]

30 residents in McSherrystown were forced to evacuate their homes.  A temporary shelter at Delone High School was set up to house the evacuees and the Red Cross coordinated the assistance.

Bladen said the people were able to return to their homes today.

Bladen said there had been 392 calls to the 911 emergency services center during the storm, with issues including water rescues, flooded basements, wires down, and blocked roadways.

Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny said the borough had “fared pretty well.  There was nothing serious reported to us,” he said.

Bladen said there were no injuries due to the storm that he was aware of.

“I’m very proud of our 911 and emergency staff.  They stepped up to the task and did an awesome, awesome job. Our plans worked,” said Bladen

Adams County declared a disaster emergency on Thursday and county boroughs and townships were expected to do so as well. The emergency declarations make the municipalities eligible for federal assistance funds if they become available.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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