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Harrisburg mayor urges residents to stay safe

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson on Monday urged residents to brace for Hurricane Sandy and to stay safe and flexible as the storm passes through the city.

"This is an unusual storm that could do a lot of damage before it moves through our region," Thompson said in a statement. "We're prepared for the worst -- flooding in our lower lying areas, and considerable high-wind damage, with perhaps days of scattered power outages. So we ask our citizens to stay flexible, look out for each other, and prepare for the storm's lingering impact."

Thompson said the city is monitoring the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg very closely.

"We're keeping an eye on the river as well," she said. "By the end of the week, we'll have a better sense of the full extent of damage Hurricane Sandy brought to the city."

Thompson said most streets prone to flash flooding will be closed to traffic by Tuesday morning. She reminded drivers not to ignore police barricades.

"We will save you, and then we will fine you and bill you for all the costs," Thompson said.

Areas prone to flash flooding are Cameron and Maclay streets, Cameron and Calder streets, Cameron and Market streets, Cameron and Shanois streets, 7th and Maclay streets, 14th and Market streets, 17th and Arsenal streets, and 18th and Sycamore streets.

The city's Department of Public Works will collect the normal Tuesday trash route in the morning, but citizens are directed not to put trash out tonight, but bring trash cans to the curb early in the morning.

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