Townships gear up for storm

As Hurricane Sandy approached the New Jersey shore Monday morning, Pennsylvania Townships — already under a state of declared emergency — prepared for the massive storm.

Kathy Howley, township manager of Pennsbury Township said the township’s emergency call center would be manned throughout the storm and that residents should call, the main township number —610-388-7323 — to report any emergency.

In Chadds Ford Township, Township Manager and Emergency Management Coordinator Joe Barakat said residents should stay off the streets and not to drive around to see what damage has been done. The Brandywine Creek is expected to begin flooding sometime in the evening of Monday, Oct. 29. Ring and Creek roads could start flooding about 9 p.m., while Route 1 could be shut down in both directions by midnight.

He added that people should bring in all loose lawn furniture and potted plants.

“With winds up to 75 mph, they’re going to be come projectiles,” Barakat said.

He also said to report all power outages to Peco.

“Don’t assume your neighbor reported it,” he said.

Weather services report the anticipated landfall of Sandy to be early Monday evening, bringing an estimated 4 inches to 8 inches of rain and wind speeds of 60-80 mph.

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