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“Rust on grinder, slimy residue, encrusted grease, expired baby formula: Lancaster County restaurant inspectio - PennLive.com” plus 1 more

“Rust on grinder, slimy residue, encrusted grease, expired baby formula: Lancaster County restaurant inspectio - PennLive.com” plus 1 more


Rust on grinder, slimy residue, encrusted grease, expired baby formula: Lancaster County restaurant inspectio - PennLive.com

Posted: 21 Nov 2019 12:00 AM PST

The following Lancaster County restaurants were found to have violated Pennsylvania's health and safety regulations during inspections between Oct. 27-Nov. 2.

Inspections are overseen by the Department of Agriculture. The department notes that in many cases violations are corrected by the restaurant before inspectors leave.

ALADDIN FOOD MANAGEMENT SERVICES (OLEWINE DINING COMMONS)

901 Eden Road, Lancaster

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--The hand-wash sink near the cook line was blocked by a warmer and not accessible at all times for employee use.

--Observed old-food residue on four knives, the can opener blade, and the lemon wedger.

--Observed small, winged insects beneath the loading rack of the mechanical dishwasher.

--Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was less than 10 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. A call for repair was placed.

--Observed a pink, slimy residue on the first set of blue baffle curtains of the mechanical dishwasher and on the wall and loading entrance of the mechanical dishwasher.

--Observed burnt food debris and grease under the charbroiler and the fryers.

--Observed clean dish racks stored on the floor in the dish washing room.

--Observed clean food equipment on storage racks and serving lines, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).

BURGER KING #5808

50 Townsedge Drive, Quarryville

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Grease and debris accumulation on the top interior surface of french fry holding unit.

--Floor tiles missing under a wheeled rack in the storage area.

--A floor panel in the walk-in cooler is spongy and a gap is present between the door thresh hold and the floor.

--Drain plug missing on outside trash dumpster.

--Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing beard covers.

ISAAC'S GRANITE RUN

1559 Manheim Pike, Lancaster

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed a pink and black residue up inside the ice maker.

--Observed the coating chipping on some areas of the floor making it no longer smooth and easily cleanable. Repeat violation from 2017 and 2018.

--Observed two water-stained, bulging ceiling tiles in the food preparation area in the back.

MOM'S TABLE

11 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Follow-up

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Hood does not have a drip edge to preclude drip onto food/equipment.

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ROSA ROSA CAFE

1040 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to control ready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods (assorted pizzas) without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food.

TURKEY HILL #170

460 S. Duke St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 31, 2019

Type: Follow-up

Compliance: Out

Violations:

--Replace bulb in bathroom.

--Replace damaged ceiling tile above refrigeration unit. Replace/repair damaged tiles. Attach baseboard to wall near coolers. Repair leak at three bowl sink and repair faucet at hand wash sink. Repair balusters in identified light fixtures.

--Repair ventilation in restroom.

BROTHERS FOOD MAX

920 S. Duke St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Complaint

Compliance: Out

Violations:

--The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Repeat violation.

--Food employees observed in the meat area performing active food prep, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as beard covers.

--Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food held in the deli case, was beyond the required seven day hold date and was discarded. Corrected on site. Repeat violation.

DIMARIA'S PIZZA & ITALIAN KITCHEN

1183 Erb's Quarry Road, Lititz

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Follow-up

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Food equipment and utensils are being washed and sanitized without a rinse before being sanitized. Only wash and sanitizer sinks set up. Sanitizer compartment solution was unclean with some food remnants floating inside.

HARVEST LANE FARM

851 E. Oregon Road, Lititz

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--There is no proof that zucchini bread, pumpkin bread and banana bread for sale unrefrigerated, are shelf stable. Removed from sale. These items will now be kept refrigerated. If tested, lab test results need to be provided to this department for review and deemed shelf stable.

--Vegetable shortening listed as an ingredient on baked goods does not indicate that it is made with soy oil, an allergen. Sesame Sticks packages do not contain the name or address of either manufacturer or distributor.

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HISSHO SUSHI AT GIANT #6029

550 Centerville Road, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed a box of cucumbers stored on top of a trash can during food preparation.

--Observed ice in the hand-wash sink indicating uses other than hand washing.

--The hand-wash sink in the preparation area was blocked by a large trash can and not accessible at all times for employee use.

MEE MEE NOODLE BAR

51 W. Frederick St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: Out

Violations:

--Raw eggs were stored above ready-to-eat foods in the refrigerator unit. Corrected on site.

--Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 48 hours is not being date marked or labeled with the common name of the food.

--Used waste cooking oil is being stored in the food prep area. It is to be removed.

NOODLE SHACK

1032 Lititz Pike, Lititz

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: Out

Violations:

--There is no consumer advisory on the menu for undercooked Japanese Ramen Eggs.

--TCS soups held in steam table had internal temperatures of 126F and 129F rather than 135F or above.

--An accumulation of grease observed under fryers.

--Take out containers are being used as a scoop in some bulk ingredient containers instead of a utensil with a handle.

--Observed buckets of vegetables stored directly on the floor in the walk-in cooler, rather than six inches off of the floor as required.

PAPA JOE'S

1027 Lancaster Pike, Quarryville

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Torn rubber door gasket observed on the small double door freezer.

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SUBWAY

2102 Spring Valley Road, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed deeply scored cutting board (small one) not resurfaced or discarded as required.

--Observed a working container of degreaser and two scouring pads being stored on the hand-wash sink indicating uses other than hand washing.

--Observed a working container of glass cleaner stored on the shelf with food equipment in the front area. Observed a working container of cleaner hanging above the food preparation in the back. Observed dish detergent stored on the same shelf with food in the back. Hand sanitizer observed stored next to sugar packets in the back.

TARGET #2072

2385 Covered Bridge Drive, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed one pint of milk and one container of baby formula offered for sale with expired "sell by date". Items removed.

--The wall panel in the produce walk-in cooler, is separated at the seam and water is leaking into the cooler unit.

--Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink in the Starbuck's location.

--The plastic protective light cover in the produce walk-in cooler is broken and needs replaced.

AMERICAN BAR & GRILL

1081 N. Plum St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--A food employee was observed touching celery - a ready-to-eat food - with bare hands.

--Food Employee observed donning single-use gloves without a prior hand wash.

--Observed a pink residue inside the soda guns at the bar.

BIRD IN HAND RESTAURANT

2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird In Hand

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed a grease accumulation on the base of the metal stand for the single cook pot.

--The walk-in cooler condensing unit fan covers have a dark residue accumulation.

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BISTRO BARBERET AND BAKERY

26 E. King St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Complaint

Compliance: Out

Violations:

--Potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food requiring date marking, in the bakery area, was beyond the date-marking and was discarded. Corrected on site.

--Employee personal item, a bottle of Ibuprofen, was observed in a wait-service area, and not stored in dressing rooms or identified storage area as required. Corrected on site.

BURGER KING #4546

2464 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Dust and grease accumulation on underside of french fry holding unit.

--Torn rubber door gasket observed on the small freezer near the fryer units.

--Plumbing system not maintained in good repair -- observed drain pipe leaking at the two compartment sink.

--Warewash area of facility has debris and grease accumulation on floor and along the base of the wall under the three compartment sink

DUNKIN DONUTS

1242 Lititz Pike, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Plasticware utensils (forks), are displayed in a manner where the eating ends can become contaminated from employee hands.

--Several coving molding wall tiles are broken and have separated from the wall in the walk-in cooler.

--Food employee personal belongings, a purse, observed stored on top of "to-go" containers, although lockers are provided.

--Observed a flat of cupcake dough covered in condensate ice, stored in the reach-in freezer.

--Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

--Observed a working container of cleaner stored hanging on the rack above condiments.

--Observed bagels stored uncovered under dirty ventilation ducts and subject to potential contamination.

--Observed single-service, single-use articles (lids, bowls, cups) stored in back directly on the floor, and not six inches above the floor.

--Observed the dumpster lids, (top and sliding door), open at the time of this inspection.

EPHRATA ELKS LODGE # 1933

170 Akron Road, Ephrata

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Wash gauge on dishwasher did not move to minimum wash temperature of 155f.

--The hot water sanitizing dishwasher gauge indicated a rinse temperature of 180f however, thermal label failed to verify it. Service company notified.

--Food facility preparing chopped meat and steaks using reduced oxygen packaging without the required written procedures and HACCP plan. The certified food manager states that he will discontinue doing reduced oxygen packaging and was unaware that HACCP was required.

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GOLDEN CORRAL

2291 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Complaint

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed grease accumulation on the sides of the fryers.

--Observed sticky residue under and behind the soda fountain unit located in the server beverage area.

--Observed black residue accumulation on the lower section of the wall behind the work table in the meat room.

--Observed rust on the exterior surface of the table top grinder and is no longer smooth and cleanable.

LANCASTER TENNIS & YACHT CLUB

2615 Columbia Ave., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: Out

Violations:

--Raw shell eggs observed stored on a shelf above mushrooms in the walk-in cooler.

--Observed a substantial amount of a white mildew-like substance on the shelves in the walk-in cooler.

--Observed grease and old food debris on the pipes on the wall next to the stove and also on the floor beneath the fryers.

--Observed a brown residue inside the tray used to store food equipment for the bar.

--Observed old food splatter in the interior of the microwave.

--The screen in the door to the kitchen is torn in several spots and no longer protects against insects.

--Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher was zero ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required.

--No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men's room to remind food employees to wash their hands.

--Torn rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in cooler.

--Butane fuel observed stored with spices in the food preparation area.

--Observed a box of floor cleaning packets stored on the same shelf with food equipment.

LEOLA PIZZA

23 W. Main St., Leola

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Change of Owner

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Dumpster lid is smashed in and does not close tightly to keep out rodents, insects and other animals.

--Handles of pizza contain masking tape which is not a durable, easily cleanable surface.

--Observed some fraying and nicks on wooden pizza paddle rather than a smooth surface.

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MANHEIM 1 DINER

196 Doe Run Road, Manheim

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: Out

Violations:

--Observed clean food equipment and/or utensils in dish drying area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).

--Light fixtures are not all operational and do not provide adequate light for cleaning and preparation.

--Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats.

--Containers on drying shelf were observed to have food residue and were not clean to sight and touch.

--The hand wash sinks in the prep area does not have single-use towels, continuous towels, or air drying device.

--Observed cooking equipment in the prep area, with encrusted grease and soil accumulation.

--Observed shelving, handles, and pulls with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces.

--Old food residue observed in the hand wash sink in the prep area, indicating uses other than hand washing.

--The hand wash sink in the prep area was blocked by mop pail and not accessible at all times for employee use.

--Litter and food debris under and around equipment and shelving.

--Assorted food in the walk-in cooler and refrigerators stored open with no covering.

--Coffee creamers not being held at 41F or below as required.

--Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat deli meat and cheese, that are temperature control for safety food, located in the walk-in cooler and refrigerators, and held more than 24 hours, are not being marked with the date they were cut or opened.

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE

848 E Main St., Ephrata

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: Out

Violations:

--The quaternary ammonia concentration in the sanitizing solution of the three-bay ware wash sink was 100 ppm, rather than 200-400 ppm as stated on the manufacturers use directions.

--Hand-washing sink across from salad Bain Marie is slow to drain.

--Food handler wearing a scrunchy on wrist.

--Food handler not wearing a hair restraint.

--Food facility does not have available quat sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration

--Employees are unfamiliar using test strips to ensure correct sanitizer concentration.

--A dark residue was noted on can opener blade.

--Observed dried food residue in corners of three stored inserts. Repeat violati

--A bottle of stored sanitizer hanging on shelf in storage room can no longer be identified - name has worn off.

--Personal employee belongings, purse and sweat shirt stored on prep table.

--The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.

--Observed clean inserts utensils on drying rack stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting). Repeat violation.

1 WAY HOUSE

354 W. Main St., Leola

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--A couple of meat cleavers found stored between Bain Marie and prep table which is not a location that is easily cleaned and sanitized.

--Observed a pair of tongs stored on equipment handle rather than a clean, hard surface.

--Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

--Light bulb fixture over bbq appears to be filled with grease and does not work.

--Hot water handle on kitchen hand-washing sink is broken off.

--Mops are not being hung to air dry.

--Food handler not wearing a hair covering.

--Food handlers described cooling TCS foods at room temperature then placing in walk-in cooler. Reviewed proper cooling methods.

--Plastic take out containers are being used as scoops instead of scoops with a handle.

--An accumulation of hardened rice observed in rice cooker.

--A pair of large rubber gloves found in hand-washing sink indicating uses other than hand-washing.

--Noted some dirt on floor and cobwebs in storage room.

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AUNTIE ANNE'S #213

2034 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink to remind food employees to wash their hands. Corrected.

--Observed a dark moist residue on the soda nozzles. Cleaned.

DUNKIN DONUTS

1906 Columbia Ave., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the front service area to remind food employees to wash their hands. Repeat violation from 2018.

--Observed cups being stored on the hand-wash sink in the front service area indicating uses other than hand washing.

JIMMY JOHN'S

1835 Oregon Pike, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed the scoop and ice bucket for ice stored on top of the ice machine which is not a sanitary method of storing utensils.

--Observed dead leaves and cardboard debris on the dumpster pad.

--Observed working bottles of cleaners stored hanging on the boxes of chips in the front service area.

--Food employee observed involved in food preparation, wearing a watch.

--Observed dumpster doors open at the time of this inspection.

LANDIS RUN ELEMENTARY

25 Blue Streak Blvd., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Equipment in Good Repair-Observed ice accumulation on cases of food that were located under the walk-in freezer condensing unit.

MANHEIM TWP MS

155 School Road, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed whitish residue on the walk-in cooler condensing unit fan covers.

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MR. STICKY'S #4

501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Torn rubber door gaskets observed on the reach-in cooler across from the hand-wash sink.

--Observed a small amount of black residue on some components inside the ice maker.

SONIC #6008

855 E. Main St., Mount Joy

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Grime and grease observed on the computer screens.

--Broken wall tiles observed around the entry door to the restrooms. Peeling paint observed above the entry door to the restrooms.

--Food employee (manager) observed involved in food preparation area, not wearing a beard cover.

--Old food residue observed on tongs, spoons, and the dicer, all stored on the shelf as clean.

--Observed grime on the orange and green trays for holding bags of bread.

--Observed trash, dead leaves, debris, long pieces of scrap metal and a trash can full of green water in the outside dumpster corral.

THE COFFEE COMPANY

2350 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed dust and grease on the ansul fire system piping directly above a food prep area with the potential to contaminate food.

--Observed dark moist residue inside the ice machine around the upper chute area. Cleaned.

--Observed static dust accumulation on the fan covers of the walk-in cooler condensing unit.

--Observed the plastic cutting board on the single door bain-marie unit with the edges melted and the surface is no longer smooth and cleanable.

WESTWIND CAFE

245 Bloomfield Drive, Ste 100 Lititz

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

--Observed deeply scored cutting board not resurfaced or discarded as required.

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The following establishments had no violations

CITY DELI

202 E King St., Lancaster

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Opening

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

GIANT FOOD #6484

1605 Lititz Pike, Lancaster

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Complaint

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

PETERSON'S GROCERY OUTLET

72 Peach Bottom Road, Peach Bottom

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

WALTZ VINEYARDS WINE SHOP

54 N Broad St., Lititz

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

WHISK CAFE

98 Masonic Drive, Ste 102 Elizabethtown

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Opening

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

WILLOW STREET FIRE CO

2901 Willow St., Pike, Willow Street

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

ZIG'S BAKERY & CAFE

54 N Broad St., Lititz

Date: Nov. 1, 2019

Type: Follow-up

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

DASH ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL

630 Rockland St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 31, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

PHOENIX ACADEMY

630 Rockland St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 31, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

BAINBRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

416 Second St., Bainbridge

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

MICK'S ALL AMERICAN PUB

2428 Willow St., Pike, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Complaint

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

RED ROBIN

2350 Lincoln E Hwy, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

SHEETZ #559

4010 Columbia Ave., Columbia

Date: Oct. 30, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

BRECHT SCH

1250 Lititz Pike, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

CARTOON NETWORK HOTEL

2285 Lincoln Hwy, East Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Opening

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

CHINA KING

1621 Manheim Pike, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Complaint

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

CONGREGATION DEGEL ISRAEL

1120 Columbia Ave., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

EAST HIGH STREET ELEMENTARY

800 E High St., Elizabethtown

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

GRIDDLE & GRIND CAFE

20 W Main St., Ephrata

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

LOCUST GROVE MENNONITE SCHOOL

2257 Old Phila. Pike, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

RHEEMS EL SCH

School Lane Box 389 Rheems

Date: Oct. 29, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

BYERS BUTTERFLAKE BAKERY

44 W Main St., Leola

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

CASA CARLO

101 N Queen St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Opening

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

GRAN SABOR LATINO

120 N Franklin St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Follow-up

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

LANCASTER DOWNTOWN DELI

45 N Market St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Opening

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

MANHEIM TWP HS

Box 5134 Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

NEFF SCH

21 Valley Road, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

NEW PANDA EPHRATA, LLC.

3583 Rothsville Road, Ephrata

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Follow-up

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

SCHOENECK FIRE CO.

125 N King St., Denver

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

VALLEY EDUCATION CENTER

21 Valley Road, Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Regular

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

YAHI POKE

101 N Queen St., Lancaster

Date: Oct. 28, 2019

Type: Opening

Compliance: In

Violations:

None found

Simpson Co. Extension Services Office among several homes and businesses with flood damage - WBKO

Posted: 25 Feb 2019 12:00 AM PST

The rain has stopped outside, but now, it's time for crews to assess flood damage inside people's homes and businesses as water levels continue to rise.

"Over the last couple of weeks with the amount of rain, we've probably been on 20-30 calls of flooded crawl spaces or flooded basements or just water getting into homes," said Jonathan Britt, Commercial Project Manager with SERVPRO.

The Simpson County Extension Services Office on North Main Street in Franklin is unfortunately one of those basements with about 4 inches of water taking over.

"I've been here 19 years and we've never had our whole basement flooded," said Catherine Webster, 4-H Youth Development Agent for Simpson County.

She said the building is used as an office space upstairs, and the basement (which is now flooded) is where several local clubs and organizations hold their meetings.

"We weren't anticipating not being able to use our downstairs space and that's all of our storage, too," she added.

For now, those meetings are being relocated to other buildings in the county. Webster said those locations will be updated on the Simpson County Extension Services Facebook page.

In the meantime, SERVPRO crews are working to remove the water from the basement and sanitize the area.

"You need to get the water out immediately," said Britt.

"It does carry a little bit of bacteria that you may not think could be dangerous to you or your family but that bacteria could make somebody pretty sick," he added.

Crews are also removing saturated baseboards, as every room in the basement is filled with floodwater about ankle-deep.

"You don't want to leave wood or insulation wet or drywall wet or anything else," he said. "Typically in these situations you are going to get a whole basement situation because the water doesn't have anywhere to go."

By the end of the day Tuesday, the Extension Office expects to learn what has to be replaced, repaired, and when they can open the basement back up for meetings. Webster said thankfully, they do have flood insurance.

Britt said he expects to receive more calls in the coming days, before the flood waters are gone. He said if you notice water inside your home or business, it's best to get it seen about as soon as possible because leaving it there can cause long-term damage.

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