While it could certainly have been worse, many Lower Merion residents are feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The storm, which dropped about three inches of rain according to the final NWS total, caused significant power outages, road closures and school cancellations.
As residents recover, here are 11 things you should know moving forward this week.
1. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Lower Merion has been left with significant power outages, originally affecting more than half of PECO customers township-wide. Since Tuesday morning, some power has been restored, and crews continue to work to restore power.
2. Lower Merion School District is closed Wednesday, but some other schools and businesses are open. Check our list of school and community closings, and leave a comment to have your business added to the list.
3. There will be regular trash and recycling collection in Lower Merion on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
4. There are no scheduled public meetings for Lower Merion Township this week.
5. Did you take a photo of an uprooted tree, or downed powerlines? You can upload your storm photos here.
6. If you have a power outage or are experiencing gas or electric problems, you can report it to PECO by calling the PECO Outage Center at 1-800-841-4141. For PPL customers, call 1-800-DIALPPL (1-800-342-5775); for First Energy customers, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
7. Regional rail services resume Wednesday.
8. There is still much work to be done to clear roads in Lower Merion and Narberth, many of which are blocked by down trees or electrical wires. All lanes of Montgomery Avenue in Penn Valley and Narberth are still closed.
9. It is illegal for drivers to go around road closure signs, with potential fines of $250 to $500 on violators and two points on their driver’s license. The law also requires that violators pay restitution for the cost for any fire, police and EMS response.
10. For non-emergency storm-related issues, residents should contact 610-649-1000.
11. Neither Lower Merion Township nor Lower Merion School District have made a statement about Wednesday night trick-or-treating. Narberth residents will have regular trick-or-treating on Wednesday.