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Article published October 29, 2012
Storm has little impact on county
This morning found Butler County soggy but intact as the former hurricane, now called Superstorm Sandy, continues to sweep across the region. County government and court offices opened at 8:30 this morning as usual, while adjoining Allegheny and Beaver counties have closed all or some of their offices for the day. Steve Bicehouse, director of Butler County Emergency Services, said this morning that the storm only brought the typical service calls for basement flooding and roads blocked by wires or tree limbs. “It looks like we dodged a bullet,” Bicehouse said. However, one road — Yellow Creek Road/Little Creek Road in Lancaster Township — was closed this morning because of a downed tree and utility lines. It should reopen by 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to PennDOT. Bicehouse said, “We are only forecast for 3 to 3.5 inches of rain in the county, but we are keeping an eye on all streams and creeks, especially the Connoquenessing Creek, which can cause serious problems,” Bicehouse said. School districts are either closed or on a delayed schedule for the day with South Butler, Moniteau, Mars and Seneca Valley districts closed, and Butler, Slippery Rock, Freeport and Karns City districts all on a two-hour delay. The vocational-technical school also was on a two-hour delay as was Butler Catholic. Holy Sepulcher is closed today. Slippery Rock University is on its regular class schedule while Butler County Community College was delaying until 9:30 a.m.