Hurricane Sandy: downed trees, power outages in Fleetwood

Submitted by Chris Young Fleetwood Road/Dryville Road in Fleetwood after Hurricane Sandy.

Fleetwood Borough “faired pretty well” after Hurricane Sandy struck the area on Monday, said Chris Young, Fleetwood Borough Council.

“No major widespread damage,” said Young on Tuesday.

“We are aware of a few residences with damage to the roof or siding damaged, plus there are several trees down on private property and two trees in the Fleetwood Park that were blown over that caused some damage to pavilion #1 in the park,” said Young.

On Tuesday after the storm, there were trees down in Fleetwood Park, as well as on Spring Street and Arch Street. A utility pole was leaning to one side on Fleetwood/Dryville Road and a home on North Franklin Street sustained roof damage.

“We know of a power outage for residents around Hickory Drive in the borough, and a few other isolated outages,” said Young. “Overall, most of the borough has power.”

The reservoir is out of power, but water supplies are being maintained by a back-up generator, he said.

He said that Fleetwood Borough crews were out working on Monday night during the storm.

“Borough crews worked around the clock to keep the sewer plant and water system operational. Crews also were out all night to keep the streets clean of fallen limbs and keeping storm drains clean from leaves. Fire personnel and police were busy all night, but no major incidents reported,” said Young.

Out of the more than 60,000 Berks Countians without power on Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy, there were about 83 Fleetwood Borough residents without power. Also without power were about 312 in Maidencreek Township, 1,005 in Richmond Township, 875 in Rockland Township and 1,456 in Ruscombmanor Township.