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Update: 9/10/2011 5:00 pm Crews are working tirelessly and as quickly as possible to restore the Bloomsburg Water Plant back to working order. An unidentified employee was not optimistic about the water being turned on anytime before Tuesday.
Update 9/9/2011 2:06 pm: Water is slowly beginning to recede after cresting at 32.75 feet. The Susquehanna River is not expected to fall below flood stage (19 feet) until approximately Monday morning.
Update: Power has been restored to many parts of downtown Bloomsburg. I-80 has been reopened and in both directions.
Bloomsburg, PA remains in a state of emergency as the lower end (west main) of the town has been evacuated. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will be closed through Monday, Sept. 12 . I-80 East from Bloomsburg is open, I-80 west out of Bloomsburg remains closed as is Downtown main street, parts of PA-42 and Iron street. No immediate access to Buckhorn Plaza. Giant and Weis remain open and are selling water and ice.
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Photo Update 2:30 PM 9/8/2011: Water is expected to rise at least another 4 feet on the Susquehanna river. From where these photos were taken, water will continue to rise and it is likely the where I was standing are already underwater. Again follow our twitter and facebook to remain updated. Check back soon to see what you can do to help the families who have been affected by this tragedy.