Thursday, January 18, 2018

Communities on Susquehanna River see some damage from ice jams

"We get into situations like this with the ice," said Jeff Helm, emergency management coordinator for Columbia borough. "Then we run into the submarine and buildup along the dam wall and that then creates a catastrophic backup."


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Parks & Rec seeks advisory board members

The Borough of Columbia’s new Parks and Recreation Committee is seeking residents to serve on its Advisory Board. Members will serve three year terms and will be appointed by Borough Council. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to assist the Committee in identifying opportunities for recreational activities in the Borough and to make recommendations for improvements to our parks. Advisory Board members should commit to attending Committee meetings on the second Thursday of each month and be invested in providing safe parks and healthy and fun recreation for our residents. Please send a letter of interest to Greg Sahd, Borough Manager (“. Please respond before February 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

Borough Offices: 308 Locust Street, Columbia PA 17512 | Phone: 717-684-2467

River Park: IT'S WORSE

The water level - or rather, ice level - at Columbia River Park is a foot above where it was yesterday, now at 236 feet, nine above normal. Much of the ice is covered with this morning's snow. About half the park is off-limits; sawhorses and police tape have been set up to limit travel.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Codes Department unveils new ticket for violations

The Columbia Borough Codes Department has unveiled a new ticket with updated fee schedule. As shown above, most violations are set at $25.

If a resident receives a ticket, he/she can appeal it in writing to the borough manager, accompanied by a $100 check payable to the borough for associated administrative costs.

If no appeal is made and the ticket is not paid within 30 days of the ticket date, the violation will become a citation/summons for “Failure to Pay," in which case, the district justice will charge the initial ticket fee and all associated court costs.

The ticket also has provisions for no-compliant/unregistered rentals and for a landlord's failure to report a change of occupancy.

FLOODED: Columbia River Park!

Ice jams, high water levels, and the sheer volume of ice floating down the Susquehanna have caused Columbia River Park to become flooded this morning (1/16/18). The painted scale on one of the piers of the Veterans Memorial Bridge shows the water level at 235 - eight feet above normal.

VIDEO: A look around the park

 A partially submerged bench

 Part of the roadway through the park is now impassable.

 A lamp post is on its way "down."

 Water level at 235 - eight feet above normal

 Sign down!

 Even the cul-de-sac is flooded.

 A crew checks the sewage ejection pump at Columbia Crossing due to an alarm sounding.

The leaning lamp post is being menaced by the imposing ice.

Latest forecast: 1-3 inches of snow for our area

As snow falls, Columbia School Superintendent Tom Strickler clears the sidewalk around the District Administration Center Tuesday morning. The latest forecast calls for 1-3 inches of accumulation.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Flowing river ice creates a stunning spectacle on the Susquehanna today

Ice flowing downriver on the Susquehanna created a stunning spectacle at Columbia River Park today. Late this afternoon, the water level was five feet above normal under the Veterans Memorial Bridge. A flood watch is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.