HARRISBURG, PA (July 29, 2017, 4:45 p.m.) – UGI Energy Services (UGIES) is continuing to draw down the contents of the propane tank that had a release valve malfunction at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28 in Steelton. As a precaution, Steelton Borough and Swatara Township officials last night ordered an evacuation of about 62 residents along Front and Second Streets from Gibson Blvd. to Eleanor Street in Steelton Borough, and from Sycamore Street to Gibson Street in the Swatara Township and the City of Harrisburg.
“Emergency personnel are continuing to make progress, but we don’t yet know when residents will be allowed back in their homes,” said Steelton Borough Mayor Maria Marcinko. “Please avoid the area, which remains closed to traffic and to residents, until you hear from officials. We are optimistic that residents will soon be able to re-enter their homes.”
The site is secure and UGIES personnel will stay on the scene and continue to monitor the situation until the transfer of propane is complete. UGI has been able to safely transfer about 90 percent of the liquid propane into another storage tank.
Cameron Street, S.R. 230, remains closed to traffic between Sycamore Street to Gibson Street in Swatara Township and the City of Harrisburg and between Gibson Blvd. and Pine Street in Steelton Borough. Rail traffic near the area of the leak has also been stopped.
The American Red Cross has opened the shelter to assist residents evacuated in the incident. The shelter is located at Steelton-Highspire Elementary School, 250 Reynders St., Steelton. Use the gym/cafeteria at the back of the school.
The shelter will provide a safe place to sleep, eat and provide support for local residents who have been evacuated from their homes. Those coming to a shelter should bring identification and their personal medications and medical supplies with them. It is also recommended that people bring blankets, pillows, extra clothing, personal hygiene items, any infant/child items and important documents.
Anyone who has questions about the Red Cross shelter up to 11 p.m. on July 29 may contact 717-919-0950. After 11 p.m., call Chris Weidenhammer, Regional Disaster and Programs Officer, at 717-712-6274 or Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents who have questions or concerns should visit Steelton Borough’s website at www.steeltonpa.com or call Dauphin County’s non-emergency number 717-558-6900. All information about the incident and instructions for affected residents is posted on Steelton Borough’s website.
“For accurate information, please visit the Borough’s website,” said Marcinko. “When the site is cleared and residents are allowed back in their homes, we will provide detailed instructions for safely returning to their homes. Our priority is the safety of residents, the workers on site and first responders.”
Steelton Borough and Swatara Township officials today issued disaster declarations in response to the incident.