EAGLEVILLE PA – Montgomery County government officials said Friday (Oct. 26, 2012) they are preparing, and also asking county residents to prepare, for the possibility of major flooding and power outages beginning Sunday night (Oct. 28) and lasting until Wednesday (Oct. 31) or beyond as a potential result of torrential downpours and very high winds from approaching Hurricane Sandy.
With leaves still on the trees, strong winds accompanied by heavy rains would create the potential for storm-drains to become clogged and cause severe flooding, even in areas that don’t normally experience it.
The county Department of Public Safety “stands ready to assist our first responders and our residents with whatever emergencies this storm might bring,” county Commissioners’ Chairman Josh Shapiro said. “I ask everyone to heed (the department’s) advice and prepare to take care of themselves and their loved ones for up to three days. That will free up resources that can be used to help anyone who may sustain severe damage if the worst happens.”
The county Public Safety Department announced it intends to increase staffing in its 9-1-1 emergency call center and open its Emergency Operations Center.
Residents are asked to call 9-1-1 only if they need a response by police, fire or emergency medical services units. Power outages should be reported directly to utility companies:
- For PECO, call 1-800-841-4141;
- For PPL, call 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775); and
- For First Energy, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
For other non-emergency storm related issues, residents are urged to contact their township or borough emergency operations center.
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