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UPDATE: Buckingham Surveys Storm Damage

Trees fell, utility poles snapped and several township neighborhoods still are without power.

Devonshire Estates didn't lose power during Hurricane Sandy, and some other Buckingham Township residents got power back Tuesday or Wednesday, said township supervisor Jon Forest.

But while life has been fairly normal for some Buckingham neighborhoods, others still were without power on Wednesday and anxiously awaiting restoration.

Like those in every other Bucks County municipality, Buckingham leaders have spent the past two days evaluating damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. And again like most other municipalities, the damage mainly was caused by downed trees and utility poles.

"We still have a lot of places without power, but we were very fortunate, considering what happened to the jersey shore and New York," Forest said. "Fortunately we didn’t get anywhere near the amount of rain they thought we'd get. If we had, it would have been a different story."

Among the more serious incidents, two homes in Buckingham were damaged when trees fell on them, Forest said.

The iconic shopping destination of Peddlers Village was closed for days due to power outages, but electricity was restored around 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to an update from village officials.

Roads that remain closed include Smith Road, between Swamp Road and Forest Grove, because of multiple utility poles down, Forest said. Lower Mountain Road also remains closed between Holicong Road and Street Road, he said.

One thing Buckingham officials plan to look into as things get back to normal is why the township's communication system failed during the storm and its aftermath.

"We’ve had a lot of problem with our communications through Nextel. Everyone has a two-way, but they haven’t worked, so we’re using county radios," Forest said.

The township supervisor praised Buckingham's road and water crew employees, who worked throughout Hurricane Sandy, including responding to a giant tree that had fallen, blocking Rt. 413. The township employees went out during the storm to remove the tree so the important road could remain open.

PECO says it has 9,000 customers in Buckingham Township. According to the company's outage map, more than 3,500 of them still were without power as of early Thursday morning. That figure, though, is simply the top of PECO's scale, which doesn't go into more detail than that.

Steve November 01, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Any Chance we can get an update on Burnt House Hill Road between Cold Spring & Hansell Roads? There are several trees and downed wires still down.
Sarah Larson (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Steve, PennDOT's updated list of state roads closed includes 43 roads in Bucks County alone, and Burnt House Hill is listed. All that really tells us is that they know about the damage and they know it needs attention. I will call PennDOT and see if they have some sort of timetable and will let you know what I find out.
Jeanne P. Wilson November 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Kudos to the Buckingham Township employees - they are the greatest! When it snows, the Township roads are plowed quickly - and well! And this storm gave them an opportunity to once again prove their mettle.
Steve November 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Thanks Sarah, any information you have would be great!
Jon Forest November 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Part of Burnt House hill is PennDot and Part Township. The township Road crew still clears the PennDot part during emergencies. They will not clear sections with downed wires until PECO deals with the wires. Peco was Busy at 202 and Mill until Last night. My brothers power is out on Smith Road and PECO said he may not have power unti Monday.
Sarah Larson (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 04:23 PM
PennDOT just told me essentially the same thing - that they have to wait for PECO to deal with the wires. BUT - PECO trucks have now been seen in the area, which at least suggests movement. The latest: http://doylestown.patch.com/articles/nov-1-central-bucks-power-outage-update
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