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Evacuation is believed to be largest ever in county

August 31, 2012

Photo by Ted Lutz – These three officials were among the speakers Wednesday at a press conference at Kane High School following a hazardous tanker truck accident. They include, left to right: Brad Mason, McKean County sheriff, the emergency management coordinator for the county and the public information officer for the county Emergency Management Agency (EMA); Bruce Manning, the director of the county EMA; and Doug Caldwell, mayor of Kane.

The evacuation of 1,000 Kane residents Wednesday following a tanker truck rollover is believed to be the largest ever in McKean County.
“It was probably the largest evacuation,” County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Bruce Manning said Thursday. “I can’t remember anything bigger.”
Manning, who was on the scene Wednesday and returned Thursday to Kane to confer with Kane fire chief Tim Holt, said he believes the evacuation exceeded a movement of residents in 1972 due to flooding from Hurricane Agnes.

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