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Shipoke residents: Street lights not restored after flood

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Harrisburg's Shipoke neighborhood was devastated by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. The riverfront community was overrun with flood water, forcing evacuations of every single home. Now, 19 months later, residents are dealing with broken street lights that were apparently never turned back on after the water retreated.

Alexandra Santibanez contacted abc27 after she says several of her neighbors were unsuccessful in getting through to the city.

She says at least eight light posts along River Front Park in Shipoke remain off, though the actual street lights along the road are working.

"I am aware that it's not one of the most dangerous parts of the city -- I am aware of that. But at the same time, I am aware that there are people that are unfortunately living under the bridge and sometimes they have to walk up and go to the city to get food and other necessities," Santibanez said. "That makes me very worried that sometimes it is dangerous."

City public works director Kevin Hagerich told abc27 he is personally unaware of an issue with Shipoke's river-front lights, but said that doesn't mean his employees aren't already working on it. He said the problem could stem from any number of things from broken bulbs, to back-ordered parts, to issues with the entire electrical source that powers the series of lights.

Hagerich said he will look into the problem, however, and promised to report his findings to abc27 by Thursday.

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