Hurricane Sandy

UPDATE: Thursday Nov 1st

City Hall’s electricity has been restored. We are open for business.

UPDATE: Latest storm update , Tuesday Oct 30th at 10:00 AM.

At 10:30 AM, 10/29/12, Mayor John Callahan declared a State of Emergency for the City of Bethlehem.  This declaration allows city officials to act as necessary to meet the current demands of the emergency.

Please only use 9-1-1 for emergencies only.  Call 610.865.7187 for non-emergency assistance.  For a recorded message with information call 610.865.7116.

Click here for message from Mayor John Callahan that was sent out residents in the evacuation area.

Click here for message from Mayor John Callahan that was sent out to all City Water customers.


UPDATE: All Evacuations have been rescinded in Bethlehem.  Thankfully, flooding conditions did not worsen in Bethlehem and the evacuation zones are not prone to further water pooling.  Thank you for your cooperation.

At 3:00 PM, 10/29/12, areas that are historically prone to flooding will be evacuated.  Traditional areas that are prone to flooding have been identified and will be notified by phone calls and in person.

Here is an interactive map of the Evacuation Zones in Bethlehem.


Road closures will be posted here.

**UPDATE: These roads are no longer closed. Flooding conditions do not exist in these areas.

Anticipated road closures are as follows:

  • All Streets within Saucon Park
  • Conestoga Street
  • Followed by other roadway along the Monocacy Creek:
      • Mauch Chunk Road between Elizabeth and Laurel

Please avoid these streets.  Residents living in these areas need to evacuate before 3:00 PM today (Monday 10/29).

Residents should seek shelter from friends or family or, if necessary, go to the Lehigh Valley Emergency Shelter. (Information below)


The Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley Shelter will be located at UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA.  The shelter will be open starting at 12:00 PM on Monday October 29th.

Be sure to take essential items – medicine, special foods, personal items, baby supplies, clothing, money and valuable papers.  Secure your home before you leave.  Be sure to check on any neighbors who may need assistance.  If you have pets, see below for information on the pet shelter, conveniently located adjacent to the Red Cross shelter.


Animals can be sheltered next to the UGI location at 2120 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA.  Click the here for more information.


Here are links to monitor the water levels for flooding


The Bethlehem Parking Authority has offered FREE PARKING in Bethlehem at all city meters and all city parking garages for Monday October 29th and Tuesday October 30th.



  • Northampton County District Magistrates and County Court
    • Closures from this time through Tuesday

24 thoughts on “Hurricane Sandy

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  2. I am a resident of Freemansburg (247 Main Street). I received phone notification from the mayor of Bethlehem. I have not found Hurricane Sandy Information on the Freemansburg website. I hope that the Bethlehem evacuation map includes my area. I will check for Northampton info.

    • Hi Ray, we are currently on our way to Bethlehem and will be living a few blocks from you on Oak. Can you give us an update on the situation there? Flooding? Power? Phone? Thanks, hope the worst is over and all are safe!

    • Rachael,

      We have widespread power outages and many downed trees and power lines. Fortunately, we have no reported storm related injuries. Many other communities have not fared so well. We have many crews hard at work to clear downed trees and restore our roads. It will take some time until power is back on and life returns to normal.

  3. Hello, I would like to know how the mobile signals are in Bethlehem now. I can’t reach my friends who are living there, am really worried about them…

    • Please check with your department head. City Hall remains without electricity, but many city residents are relying on our assistance. Sorry I don’t have a better answer.

      Jason Schiffer Chief of Police City of Bethlehem 610.865.7150

      Sent from my handheld.

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  5. Hi
    I`m worried abt a good friend and his family who is living nearby Hellertown (south of Bethlehem). Can anybody tell me how the situation is there.
    Thank you

    • Armin,
      There aer many households in that area that are still without electricity. Our electricity supplier reports that most should have it restored by Friday and they should have all repairs done by the end of the weekend. There are now more areas with electricity and local grocery stores and restaurants have begun to open. The sun is rising on what looks to be a nice day, so hopefully the repair crews will get much done today.

      Best regards

  6. I have an elderly grandfather who is living on his own in Bethlehem. I have not been able to get a hold of him in 2 days now. Is there a number that I can call to have someone check in on him?

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