Local Berks Storm Poses Electricity, Road Problems

EARL TOWNSHIP PA – A power outage, apparently storm-related, continued to affect more than 120 Metropolitan Edison electricity customers early Monday morning (Aug. 2, 2021) in eastern Berks County, the utility provider reported. Properties hit by outages were primarily located in Earl and Robeson townships, with a few additionally in Boyertown borough, and Douglass and Exeter townships.

The outage information appeared Monday at 5:20 a.m. on the company’s “24-7 Power Center” webpage, here. It added that power was expected to be restored by 7:30 a.m. in Douglass, 9:30 a.m. in Robeson, 11 a.m. in Exeter, and 3:30 p.m. in Boyertown and Earl. Overall, the outages affected about only 6 percent of MetEd customers in those municipalities, it noted.

Separately, but also due to weather, Douglass (Berks) Township police on their CrimeWatch website said Sunday (Aug. 1) at 10:59 p.m. that the portion of Hill School Road between Douglass Drive and Creek Road had been temporarily closed “due to power lines and a tree down in the middle of the roadway.”

At the time the announcement was posted, the police department stated MetEd crews had been notified but at the time were unable to provide an estimated time to clear the problem and fix the line. It was unknown Monday at 5:20 a.m. if the road was re-opened.

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