Update via Mel Keen, Parkesburg Borough Council Vice-President
I was out at 8am Sunday taking my neighbor’s daughter to [McDonald’s] to work. Seven utility trucks were rolling down route 10 into Parkesburg, There were numerous utility trucks running past [McDonald’s] on route 30 AND there were two in the [McDonald’s] parking lot.
I went in and talked to the PECO workers for a few minutes. Broadly there are 200,000 PECO customers still without power and 1300 primary lines down. Most of this is in western Chester County. Downed trees and limbs have made restoring power very treacherous and time consuming. Here is where I remind residents that pruning trees on your property is your responsibility.
Work was being done on Strasburg Ave late in the day Saturday. The workers did not know if the work there was complete but did say there had been a live wire down on a pick-up. Five crews are working in Parkesburg right now.
They did say that if you do not have power you should call it in (to report or get updates on outages call 1-800-841-4141) as there are many very localized outages. Calling a second time won’t hurt. Repairs are prioritized. Hospitals of course are first and then areas where many residents/businesses are located especially gas stations.
They did suggest putting ice or snow in your refrigerator to keep food cool if you don’t have the ability to put your food outside. Groundhogs and skunks are hibernating.
If you are without water the Rock Run plant of PAWC will have a tanker with water there from 12 noon- 4pm today. Please bring your own containers.
More bad weather is expected this week. Please prep early, charge batteries, get more batteries, put water in jugs if you have a well, replenish gas for generators, stock easy to heat or food that can be eaten without warming, clear your walks between the house and street. I’ve tried to help two neighbors, the walks on their property are not clear, walking is difficult. For your own safety and should you need EMS or the Fire Co please clear a path to your house. Snow on top of frozen ruts will make walking dangerous. Please talk to your neighbors and work together. Two of mine have gas ranges- so I could get hot water for coffee there. I had heat, they could warm up at my house. Sharing resources will make life easier in an emergency.
Before the next winter storm, add the following supplies to your emergency kit.
- Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.
- Sand to improve traction.
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
- Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
- Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
- Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.
- Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
For more tips of how to prepare, visit ready.gov.