Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell gives an update on the incident and details rescue efforts underway this afternoon.
Authorities are still dealing with the SEPTA Regional Rail line that was disabled when it knocked down a live wire at the crossing at Ford and Washington Streets in Norristown at approximately 10:35 a.m. Tuesday morning. SEPTA officials confirm the wire in question was a telephone line. The train was disabled in the incident and passengers were stuck on the train for close to an hour while responders dealt with an electrical fire along Washington Street caused by the down line, according to Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell. A driver waiting at the crossing at the time the line came down was trapped in his car by the incident, and several firefighters training in the area at the time were blocked in by the live wire as well. …
Monday, March 11, 2013
A car hit a utility pole on along Egypt Road near Mill Grove Drive and residents and businesses in the area were without power Monday night.
Authorities responded to the 2800 block Egypt Road at Mill Grove Drive in Lower Providence just before 8:30 p.m. Monday night for a report of an auto accident involving a car into a utility pole. The pole and wires are in the road and police closed Egypt Road between Park Avenue and Pinetown Road while they dealt with the situation. Many Patch readers reported power outages in the surrounding neighborhoods for both residents and businesses. Visible from the scene, the Gulf gas station at the corner of Park and Egypt, along with the CVS were both without power. Geunardi's was open, running on generators. The entire apartment complexes of Colony Arms and Mill Grove also seemed to be without power. A representative from PECO told Patch that …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
PECO is installing brand new utility poles along Markley Street as part of the $20.8 million PennDOT improvement project.
Folks travelling along Markley Street in Norristown today were treated to quite a sight – PECO crews installing new utility poles all along the roadside. Traffic was reduced to one lane at several sections of Markley Street while the poles were installed. The utility work is expected to continue through May. According to a PECO worker on the scene, crews have to dig the holes for the 60-foot poles at least 8-feet deep to secure them. The work is part of the Markley Street Improvement Project, $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Main Street and Johnson Highway, as well as a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley and DeKalb streets. Tomorrow, Patch will update readers on the tree situation on …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Customers purchase pre-paid debit cards that are then drained by fraudsters, the company said.
Thursday, January 17
A scam in which PECO customers are misled into purchasing pre-paid debit cards which are then drained of funds is targeting the Philadelphia region, the electric and gas utility said Thursday. In the scam, customers are contacted by persons who claim to work for PECO and informed that they must make an immediate payment in order to avoid their electricity being shut off. The phony employee then instructs the customer to purchase a pre-paid debit card from a convenience store or similar location, then to provide that card's number. The fraud operators then drain the funds on the card. “We want to make our customers aware of this scam so they can protect themselves from becoming victims of this and other fraudulent activities,” said Mark …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Neighbors were evacuated from the 100 block of West Hartranft Boulevard Thursday afternoon after residents reported a strong order of gas in the area.
UPDATE: [5:35 p.m.] A PECO representative confirmed that they are now letting residents return to their homes after being evacuated for a gas leak in the 100 West Hartranft Boulevard. Crews are still working to cap the leak and clean up the scene, but are checking houses for residents' safety before allowing them to enter. According to The Times Herald, a total of 15 customers were affected by the service shut off. --- UPDATE: [5 p.m.] Firefighters from Norriton Fire Engine Company have secured the scene of the gas leak in the 100 block of West Hartranft Boulevard.in East Norriton. Fire Chief James Staufenberg said PECO crews have taken over operations on the scene and are digging to pinpoint the leak and plug it. A PECO representative …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
PECO has been dealing with scattered wind-related outages for most of the day.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Residents have been reporting power outages all over the West End Saturday evening. Neighbors report traffic and street lights are down as is power in most homes. PECO representative Ben Armstrong said crews are currently working to discover the cause of the outage, which occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Residents is in the area report seeing wires down and the Montgomery County Department of Safety Live Incident Feed issued an alert for an "electrical fire outside" at 6:30 p.m. ("electrical fire outside" usually indicates a downed wire.) We've been dealing with scattered wind-related power outages all day," said Armstrong. Armstring said almost 2200 customers in Norristown are currently without power, but PECO hopes to have power …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Most of the remainder expected to be restored by Sunday night; 'isolated' customers may need to wait longer
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Power has been restored to more than 87 percent of PECO's customers in Montgomery and Bucks counties, the utility said late Saturday afternoon. About 15,000 customers remained without power in Montgomery County, PECO said. It hopes to have most of the remaining customers back in service by midnight on Sunday night. Customers "in the most damaged and isolated areas" may not get service back until later in the week, the company said. Patch was at the scene as power was restored to one neighborhood in the Eagleville section of Lower Providence Township on Saturday evening. Abington, Cheltenham, Upper Moreland, Lower Merion, and Plymouth townships were named by PECO as the areas that remained most severely impacted by power outages. “I want to…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The governor was on a tour of heavily damaged areas of southeastern Pennsylvania.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Pa. Governor Tom Corbett visited Dresher on Wednesday as he toured sections of Pennsylvania most heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. CBS Philadelphia reported that Corbett stopped at the Dreshertown Plaza shopping center to view power restoration efforts. A Mississippi Power crew, among the many hundreds of workers called to the area by PECO in advance of the the storm's arrival, was reportedly fixing utility poles and downed power lines in the area. After leaving Upper Dublin, Corbett continued up Route 611 on to Bucks County, where he addressed residents and volunteers inside a Red Cross shelter at a high school in Nockmixon Township [Phila. Inquirer].
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Federal officials say the slow moving storm will cause problems over large part of the east coast through the middle of the week.
Federal officials warn residents to prepare for heavy winds, inland and coastal flooding and power outages from Hurricane Sandy. The storm, which is expected to come ashore somewhere along the east coast late Sunday into early Monday, is anticipated to affect 50-60 million people along the east coast, from the Carolinas to New England and extending west into West Virgina and the Ohio Valley. Flooding, for now, is the main focus of forecasters and federal disaster response agencies, according to Louis Uccellini, director the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center For Environmental Prediction. Uccellini said the "extent of heavy rainfall has a danger of flooding for Pennsylvania and Maryland and into northern Virginia. "Given…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A Ryder truck hit a low-hanging power line in the parking lot of a Lower Providence business, taking down the line and nearly shearing the entire roof off the truck
A Ryder truck making deliveries to a business in the Lower Providence area took down a power line shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, and nearly sheared the roof entirely off of the truck in the process. Witnesses say the truck pulled into the rear parking lot of the building at Trooper Road and Eisenhower Avenue occupied by property management firm The Wentworth Group and hit the power line, which then began to peel back the roof of the truck and nearly take down two utility poles in the process. Power and telephone service weren't interrupted according to a representative from the Wentworth Group and it's unknown if the driver of the truck will receive a citation. Neighboring businesses also reported no interruptions in service. Lower …