As we continue to weather the damage caused by the storm of Friday, March 2, there are many areas where power lines are down.
These power lines are extremely dangerous. Never touch or move downed power lines or other wires and notify PECO immediately concerning them.
Only PECO can address trees that are entangled in power lines. No one else, including Township staff or the Fire Department can remove the tree from the power lines.
Never drive through barricades or cones that are warning you of downed lines or a tree entangled in them. Never walk or drive underneath or around a tree caught in these lines. Should the tree fall or the lines be energized the result could be fatal for yourself or those behind you who saw you do it and followed you.
Again, notify PECO immediately about any power line circumstances you find. Call 1-800-841-4141 or do so electronically at http://www.peco.com/
Many residents will need to deal with tree debris in the days to come. Newtown Township and Delaware County are working on a plan to assist homeowners. At present, staff are preparing for the anticipated storm of Tuesday and Wednesday and so cannot look at beginning any collection assistance yet. However, if residents begin cleanup on your properties, you may place tree debris stacked neatly at the curb (as large as 6” diameter and cut into lengths not longer than 4’). The cut ends should be facing the street. No debris should be touching the street and it must not block any sidewalk. Remember that we anticipate having to plow during the next storm, and your wood piles may be struck if in the street or too near the street edge. It is not anticipated that tree debris larger than 6” diameter or longer than 4’ can be collected.
As soon as a collection plan and schedule is finalized this information will be updated.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, and thank you to all of our first responders and those who are offering assistance to their neighbors.