No power, closed roads cancel SCA for the day
CATAWISSA RR - Superintendent Paul Caputo said Sunday's surprise snowstorm and the power outages and detoured routes it produced led to the decision to keep Southern Columbia Area School District students and staff home on Monday.
Downed power lines related to Sunday's storm closed Route 487 from Route 54 in Northumberland County to Southern Columbia's campus, and from Reeder Drive to Hemlock Road in Franklin Township in Columbia County. The roads reopened at 2:15 p.m.
At 7 p.m. Monday, 150 PPL customers in Ralpho Township in Northumberland County and 128 customers in Catawissa Borough and Franklin and Catawissa townships in Columbia County were still without power.
Teri MacBride, regional affairs director for PPL Susquehanna Valley, said all customers without power, including Southern Columbia, was expected to be restored by 11 p.m. Monday.
"There shouldn't be any issues tomorrow. We have no expectations of remaining issues," she said Monday.
With Southern's three-phase electrical system, the two school buildings had limited power, Caputo said.
"For example, some of the pumps didn't have power. Parts of the fire alarm system didn't have power. We cannot operate the buildings in the state that they're in," he said.
However, even if the district had complete power, Caputo said school would have likely been closed anyhow due to the detour on Route 487 and back roads not being completely plowed along the bus routes.
"They (PPL and plowers) really had their work cut out for them," he said.
Caputo will meet with principals today to determine whether the day will be made up by adding another instructional day or using an Act 80 Day.
As of now, the last day for the 2013-14 school year is Friday, June 6.