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New Hope hurricane update: Wednesday, Oct. 31

New Hope Emergency Management Update

October 31, 2012, 9:15 a.m.

“The National Weather Service (NWS) is currently predicting that the Delaware River will crest in New Hope at 4.4 ft. at 2:00 pm on November 1st. Flood stage in New Hope is 13 ft.

“The New Hope Police Department, located at 125 New Street, is serving as the New Hope Borough Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for this storm. The telephone number for the EOC is 215 862 3033.

“The New Hope Police Department has a limited number of cell phone charging stations available to the public at 125 New Street. These can be used on a first come, first served basis between 9 am and 11 pm daily, until power is restored in New Hope.

“The Southeastern PA Red Cross (215-299-4000) has established emergency shelters at the following Bucks County locations:

Palisades High School,  35 Church Hill Road,
 Kitnersville 18930

Pennsbury High School East,
 705 Hood Blvd., 
Fairless Hills 19030

Council Rock North,
 62 Swamp Road,
 Newtown 18940 (No pets allowed)

“Power outages should be reported directly to PECO at 1-800-841-4141. PECO is advising customers that it will take multiple days to restore power to all customers. Call PECO to obtain an estimated restoration time.

“Report public water supply and sanitary sewer emergencies directly to the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA) emergency number at 215-343-3946.

“Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras.

“Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.


Bucks County Emergency Management Agency – 215-340-8700

Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority – 215-343-3946

PECO – 1-800-841-4141

Southeastern PA Red Cross – 215-299-4000

Blackout Safety Tips


Customers without power should contact the company at 1-800-841-4141. The more customers who call to report an outage, the more effectively PECO can dispatch crews and restore service. The company’s automated telephone system can quickly record your outage, allowing our Customer Care representatives to remain available to handle reports of dangerous situations.

Stay away from downed wires, damaged electric equipment, and tree limbs and branches contacting electrical equipment. Always assume PECO’s equipment is energized – even if there is an outage in your neighborhood. Report these dangerous conditions to PECO immediately.

Turn off and unplug appliances and other devices to prevent possible damage. Remember to keep one light on so you know when service has been restored.

Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Move meats, cheese, milk, etc. into the freezer to stay colder longer. A partially full freezer can keep food frozen for up to 24 hours, and up to 48 hours when full.

Customers with generators should never connect them directly to home wiring or plug them into household outlets. Generators connected to home wiring can ‘back feed’ into PECO’s electric delivery system, risking serious injury or death to PECO crews. Generators should always be placed outside to prevent carbon-monoxide poisoning.”

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Charlie Sahner

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