Solve the Mys­tery

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Jen­nifer Law­son and Dan Sokil

Su­per­storm Sandy left her mark on the area Mon­day night and Tues­day morn­ing, with fallen power lines, tree branches and scat­tered flRRGLnJ WyLnJ uS WrDI­fiF DnG leav­ing res­i­dents in the dark across the re­gion.

Area po­lice, pub­lic works de­part­ments and util­ity com­pa­nies spent much of Tues­day clean­ing up the dam­age and work­ing to re­store ser­vices, with a num­ber of fallen branches and wires on roads and on a few un­lucky homes.

“With Hur­ri­cane Irene, we got the wa­ter and not the wind, and with Sandy we got the wind and not as much wa­ter as had been an­tic­i­pated,” said Lans­dale Bor­ough Man­ager Timi Kirch­ner.

Sev­eral homes in the bor­ough were dam­aged by fall­ing trees but no res­i­dents re­ported any in­juries, she said. A por­tion of Fifth Street was FORVHG GuH WR fly­LnJ rRRI tiles from a build­ing on that VWrHHW, EuW nR flRRG GDPDJH was re­ported as of Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“We still have a sec­tion of the bor­ough where we have prob­lems with elec­tric­ity, and driv­ing around all day run­ning into peo­ple, they’re just say­ing thanks and that they’re grate­ful for all of our staff, in par­tic­u­lar the elec­tric depart­ment,” she said.

One depart­ment head did ex­pe­ri­ence a close call dur­ing a pa­trol on Wood­land Drive shortly be­fore 10 p.m.

“Our chief of po­lice was out there and a tree fell onto the back of his ve­hi­cle. He’s OK, but the ve­hi­cle isn’t, and it was a pretty large tree,” said Kirch­ner.

That ve­hi­cle dam­age will be dis­cussed when coun­cil’s pub­lic safety com­mit­tee meets next week, and Kirch­ner said she is glad Chief Robert McDyre will be there to dis­cuss it, too — “if it had been within a few sec­onds it would have been a much worse re­sult.”

Towa­mencin po­lice re­ported a to­tal of more than 90 Sandy-re­lated in­ci­dent FDOOV, PRVWOy WrDI­fiF VLJnDO and power out­ages, road ob­struc­tions, downed trees and PLnRr flRRGLnJ, wLWK WKrHH roads still closed and the Kulpsville part of the town­ship with­out power as of 4 p.m. Tues­day.

Mor­ris Road be­tween Bus­tard Road and Henning Way, Kriebel Road be­tween Pheas­ant Hill and Trum­bauer Roads and Springer Road be­tween Old Mor­ris Road and Kriebel were all still closed due to downed wires, with no es­ti­mates on when they will re­open or power will be re­stored, po­lice said.

HDW­fiHOG SROLFH rHSRrWHG D to­tal of 125 weather re­lated in­ci­dents be­tween 7 p.m. Mon­day and 6 a.m. Tues­day, and power re­mained RuW IRr nHDrOy DOO RI HDW­fiHOG Bor­ough and most of the town­ship as of Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Fran­co­nia po­lice re­ported one Sandy-re­lated in­jury: a woman was taken to Grand siew Hospi­tal for mod­er­ate in­juries af­ter a tree fell in front of her car and she hit it around 11 p.m. Mon­day on Cow­path Road near West Broad Street and Green Street.

The depart­ment also noted sev­eral road clo­sures in­clud­ing that stretch of Cow­path Road, as well as on Har­leysville Pike, Telford Pike, School House Road and Cream­ery Road due to fallen trees or power lines.

Two Fran­co­nia homes were dam­aged by fallen trees on the 200 block of Green Hill Road and on the 800 block of Moor­wood Road, but po­lice said no in­juries were re­ported in eiWKHr FDVH DnG flRRGLnJ wDV not an is­sue in the town­ship.

State po­lice re­ported scat­tered de­bris and de­ac­ti­vated WrDI­fiF VLJnDOV WKrRuJKRuW WKH area, but no in­ci­dents larger WKDn PLnRr WrDI­fiF DFFLGHnWV, ac­cord­ing to Trooper Mor­gan Crummy of the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice Skip­pack sta­tion.

“At most lo­ca­tions there are stop signs, but if there are not, mo­torists are re­minded to stop at in­ter­sec­tions where the lights may be out and not as­sume they au­to­mat­i­cally have the right of way,” she said.

Lower Sal­ford po­lice re­ported a to­tal of 18 in­ci­dents of ei­ther fallen trees or downed power lines Mon­day night into Tues­day morn­ing, with no in­juries re­ported but one fam­ily evac­u­ated from a home on the 200 block of voder Road that was hit by a tree around 8:30 p.m. Mon­day.

Elec­tric­ity has been out Ln HDW­fiHOG BRrRuJK VLnFH 8 p.m. Mon­day. As of Tues­day af­ter­noon, there was no es­ti­mate as to when the power would be re­stored.

“We had sev­eral trees come down, and they took wires down and dam­aged homes in the bor­ough,” Hat­fiHOG FLrH 0DrVKDO BRE .DOHr said.

EPHrJHnFy RI­fiFLDOV wHrH still as­sess­ing the prop­erty dam­age. No in­juries Rr VWRrP-rHODWHG firHV wHrH re­ported, he said, and overDOO, WKH rHVSRnVH Ln HDW­fiHOG went well.

“:H GLGn’W JHW WKH flR­RG­ing we were an­tic­i­pat­ing,” he said. “It was more or less wind dam­age.”

Two men stayed overnight at the emer­gency shel­ter at Trin­ity Lutheran Church, lo­cated at 1000 W. Main St. in Lans­dale, the Rev. Paul Lutz said. Both left the shel­ter by 7 a.m.

Mar­gar­i­tas Mex­i­can Res­tau­rant was de­liv­er­ing taFRV WR ORFDO firVW rHVSRnGHrV Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“We just want to help them out be­cause they’re work­ing long hours,” chief oper­at­ing RI­fiFHr -RKn DHLuFLD VDLG, adding that the res­tau­rant was also of­fer­ing a free taco Tues­day night to any­one who had lost power.

A worker with Lan­dis Tree Ser­vice cuts away a tree that fell on a home on Columbia Av­enue in Lans­dale dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Sandy.

Pho­tos by MARK C. PSORAS

Gina Belitz re­moves downed branches and de­bris from her yard in Lans­dale Tues­day af­ter dam­age from Hur­ri­cane Sandy.

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