Archive for November, 2011

Fallen trees and downed wires resulting from this weekend’s freak October nor’easter have disrupted electrical power supplies to many homes and businesses in Nockamixon. Our area lost power around 2:00 pm on Saturday, and a good bit of our community remains without power as of 10:00 am on Tuesday, though progress has been made. Around 6:00 pm last evening, downtown Ferndale and Revere power was restored, but here’s the latest official report from Met-Ed:

As of 4:00pm on October 31, 2011, Met-Ed has approximately 80,000 customers without power from the snow storm.  95% of the customers affected by the storm should be restored by midnight on Friday, November 4, 2011.

Assessment and road clearing continues. As crews continue to assess the damage and levelize the number of outage and trouble tickets coming in, they will be able to refine their ETRs (Estimated Time of Restoration). Additional resources continue to arrive and will continue as needed until completion of the event. Current counts in the Easton service area:

  • 31,884 customers affected
  • 10,923 customers remain out

Bucks County Restoration:
Met-Ed reports they anticipate power restoration as follows:

  • 50% of remaining customers by noon Thursday, November 3
  • 95% of remaining customers by midnight Friday, November 4

Available Resources for Those Out of Power:
The following communities have FREE water available at their township offices for use by those whose well pumps are out:

 IMPORTANT NOTE: According to State Rep. Marguerite Quinn, cases of water will be delivered to the municipalities both today and tomorrow before 4 PM. Durham and Riegelsville Township will be picking up their cases at Nockamixon.

FREE drinking water and ice are provided by the GIANT FOOD STORE at 5858 Easton Road in Plumsteadville, 215-766-8665. As of 10:00 am Tuesday, John, the manager, said they have replenished supplies of water and ice on hand for as long as they hold out. If you do need to go there for supplies, please direct your inquiries for water and ice at the Customer Service counter. Rep. Quinn says you can also pick up ice and water at the GIANT FOOD STORE at 1880 Leithsville Rd. in Hellertown, (610) 838-7700.

The Palisades Middles School will be open again this evening from 5:00-9:00 PM for residents wishing to use the restrooms and take hot showers. Please bring your own towels and toiletries, and enough people to watch any young children while other adults take showers. The shelter will not be equipped with sufficient staff for childcare. During this period, parishioners of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Ferndale will be serving simple, hot meals to those who wish to eat.

Also, the Central and Upper Bucks YMCA facilities are open and welcome people to come for a hot shower.There will be no cost for this service to people presenting proper ID from the affected areas.

Rep. Quinn — who has also been personally affected by the power outage and sympathizes with her constituents’ difficulties — says that Bucks County was hit hardest in Med-Ed’s service area, and confirms that substation issues are at the root of the problem. Her Plumstead office is working with her to help people through this, and she urges those with issues to call Diane or Ashley there at 215-489-2126 to see how they can help. Ms. Quinn says she is doing all she can to ensure that affected municipalities are getting the attention they need.

Further updates will be posted here and via our social media streams as we learn more. A reminder that you can follow real-time updates via our Twitter feed at @NoxEMAWxComm and on our Facebook page, for more immediate updates during emergency situations and up-to-the-minute developments following the immediate emergency-causing event.

For more information:

FirstEnergy Official Website

For Future Preparedness:

American Red Cross – How To Prepare For A Power Outage (PDF)

Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide (PDF)

Also available in Spanish

(The latter two documents provided by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health)