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