Boyertown cleans up after Hurricane Sandy

TIMES PHOTOS BY REBECCA BLANCHARD Fallen tree tears down wires near Boyertown Area Senior High School.

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, leaving a slew of destruction behind her.

On Thursday, Oct. 25 until Sunday, Oct. 27 and in some cases into Monday afternoon, folks were busy preparing for the storm of the decade.

Grocery stores and gas stations were jam-packed last weekend with those looking to stock up and hunker down for a few days.

Service crews and residents are busy today, Oct. 30, cleaning up trees and debris that have made their way onto the roadways causing many blockages.

Many expected to lose power throughout the area—and many in fact did. According to Met-Ed, 1,000 to 20,000 homes are currently without power. Crews are working as quickly as possible to restore power.

Sandy Houck Reitnauer, area resident, says, “It was about what I expected, still no electric,” at 3 p.m. today.

“Sandy isn’t what I expected . I thought we would get hit worse and lose electric but lucky in my area it wasn’t bad at all,” said Jessica Czarnecki of Shillington, Pa.

There are several roads are closed throughout the area due to flooding, downed trees and wires, including a section of Swamp Pike in New Hanover Township.

Several traffic lights along Philadelphia Avenue are currently without power as of 2 p.m. today--extreme caution is requested.

The New Hanover Township Police department has requested that those who not need to be on the road stay home.

Local police departments and fire companies are working overtime to recover the area from Sandy’s destruction. Residents had prepared for the worst, and fortunately it seems the Boyertown Area did not experience the worst of it—but there is still much work to be done.

At a press briefing Sunday, Oct. 28, Pa. Governor Tom Corbett warned residents to take steps sooner rather than later to keep their families safe during Hurricane Sandy, stating that Sandy is the not a typical storm. A state of disaster emergency for Pennsylvania was declared Sunday evening.

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