Get Ready for Hurricane Sandy NOW

The track of Hurricane Sandy puts it in a position that no matter where it hits, and no matter if it’s a hurricane or tropical storm by the time it gets here,  we’re going to get lots and lots of RAIN – and if it follows some of the possible tracks we’ll get heavy WIND too. 

River levels are not as low as they have been all summer – but they aren’t terribly high right now either, so that’s a positive, but we must be cautious and watch the overall effects of the storm. Aside from the obvious flooding concerns, we also have to plan now for possible long-term power outages and road closures from downed trees, as happened with the remnants of hurricane Irene last year. 

As we aslo learned in the Halloween Storm of 2011, our area isn’t populated enough to warrant priority restoration for electric, phone and television service, so it’s crucial that you’re ready if the lights go out – and stay out for a few days. 

Here are some of the things you should have ready: 

– If you have prescriptions, make sure you have a full supply on hand. 

– 72 hour water supply for drinking – enough for everyone in the house. 

– Flashlights and fresh batteries (LED lights are MUCH better for battery life)

– 72 hour supply of food you don’t have to cook

– Car chargers for your cell phone

– If you have a generator, test it today. Check the fuel levels now. Old fuel may cause your generator to not start. Generators burn far more fuel than you’d expect – and if power outages are widespread, don’t expect to be able to get more fuel locally. 

DO NOT RUN A GENERATOR INDOORS OR IN A GARAGE OR OTHER ENCLOSED SPACE. 

– Replace the batteries in your Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector. If your carbon monoxide detectors are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones. 

– Have a look at your sump-pump if you have one. Dump a few buckets of water in there and see if it’s actually working. If it’s not working now, it won’t work later.

– If you live on River Road between Bridgeton Hill Road and Lodi Hill Road, and we get a flood warning (not watch) from the National Weather Service, an evacuation recommendation may be made.

Normally we would not call for an evacuation in a minor flood. This change in policy is due to the canal bridge closure. If the water rises over the road at Berm Lane and at Bridgeton Hill Road, there will be no way for emergency vehicles to safely get into the area. People on Trail’s end should be aware that emergency vehicle response times may be seriously impacted by flooding along Rt. 32. 

If you have any questions or need help with your own emergency plans, please contact us: 

610-440-3316 or emc@bridgetontwp.org

 

 

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  • uw  On 25/10/2012 at 8:43 PM

    Just to confirm: For the folks who live between Berm Lane and Bridgeton Hill Rd, the magic number for evacuation is 19 feet (measured at Riegelsville). And the Milford Bridge closes at 25 feet(measured at Riegelsville). Yes?

    • Bridgeton Twp. EMA  On 25/10/2012 at 10:18 PM

      To be perfectly clear…we will recommend evacuation for residents if there will be water in the road at BOTH Berm Lane & Rt. 32 AND Bridgeton Hill Rd & Rt. 32. If the river only closes River Road at Rt. 32, we will evaluate the situation and make a recommendation accordingly. Our main concern is the time it will take for emergency medical services to get into the area if they need to come from downriver. There are very few routes available via Tinicum Township due to the many bridge closures in Upper Bucks County. So if there’s other issues upriver (road closed from trees down, for example) and Berm lane is also blocked, we’ll likely ask for an evacuation recommendation. Hope that answers your question. – MF

      As far as river bridge closure policy, please see this earlier post from a previous flood incident – there is NO specific river height that triggers a River Bridge closure.

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