The Bucks County Commissioners and the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency continue to track Hurricane Sandy as it draws closer to the region. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at 5 a.m. Monday, and is currently staffed with representatives from PEMA, the Red Cross, PECO and the Intermediate Unit, as well as the Bucks County Commissioners, COO Brian Hessenthaler and Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick.
Currently, 29 municipalities have signed Emergency Declarations, including, Bristol Borough, Falls Township, Northampton Township, Warminster Township, Tinicum Township and Quakertown Borough. As the storm continues its drive into our area, residents are urged to use common sense with regard to high winds, power outages and rising creeks, streams and rivers.
PECO is reporting roughly 10,000 customers without power throughout Bucks County. Northampton Township has about 3,000 customers without power, as well as Bristol (1,350), Dublin Borough (1,100), New Britain (950) and 900 (Falls). Crews are still being sent out for repairs; however, PECO cautions that as the wind picks up, crews will be unable to go up in the buckets to the power lines, and repairs may be suspended.
“We are monitoring the situation from the Emergency Operations Center, especially the power outages in our area,” Chairman Loughery stated. “We can’t stress enough, if you don’t need to be out, don’t be. Stay safe and take precautions.”
All non-essential county government offices are closed again Tuesday, October 30. All non essential operations will be shut down; all essential (24/7 operations) personnel are required to report for their regular shift.
Anyone needing to drop off absentee ballot applications may do so between the hours of 1 pm and 5 pm, Tuesday. Please use the Court Street entrance.
Residents should remain alert and watch rivers and streams. If they rise, people who live near the bodies of water should move quickly to higher ground. Avoid driving into low-lying areas, roads and bridges that are already under water. Take an alternate route, if you come across flooded roadways. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.
John Dougherty, Emergency Management Director is also reminding people to take shelter as the winds pick up intensity. “Tree branches and power lines are vulnerable to damage as wind speeds pick up.” Dougherty added. The best place to be during the evening hours, into tomorrow morning is inside, sheltering in place.”
In conjunction with local emergency management officials, the county will deploy emergency assistance as needed. Throughout the storm, you can like Bucks County Govt on Facebook and follow @BucksCountyGovt on Twitter for up-to-date developments, and keep checking www.buckscounty.org for more detailed information. Emergency shelters are available at Palisades (35 Church Hill Rd., Kitnersville), Council Rock North (62 Swamp Rd., Newtown) and Pennsbury East High Schools (705 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills).