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Marple and Newtown Declare State of Emergency, Local Shelters Announced

Both Marple and Newtown townships have declared a state of emergency at approximately 12 p.m. Monday.

Both Marple and Newtown townships have declared a state of emergency at approximately 12 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The state of emergency is in effect immediately.

According to Marple Township Commissioners President Michael Molinaro, local shelters in Marple Newtown will include Martins Run Senior Center and Marple Newtown High School. Those seeking shelter are requested to bring sleeping and hygiene products. No evacuations have been made at this time.

Trash collection for Marple will be canceled for Tuesday. 

In Newtown Township, Newtown Police Lt. Chris Lunn urged residents in an emailed alert to "shelter 'in place,'" with exception of the following emergency situations:

  • Flooding of structure
  • Structural damage of home
  • Power lines down on structure of shelter
  • Life threatening health conditions

All emergency responders will be on call 24/7 and all power outages should be called in to PECO at 1-800-841-4141. Follow these power outage tips from PECO.

911 should only be called for emergencies. Lunn states that those in Newtown Township who need shelter should call 911 for assistance. Print a list of these emergency contact numbers should you come across an emergency. 

Marple Newtown Patch will be updating this information throughout the hurricane. 

Gloria H. Redding October 29, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Are their local shelters for pets?
Loraine October 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
"Shelter in place"? Is this person a moron? Everyone understands to stay in place! So Newtown will use The high school? Maybe some communication skills are in order for this Lunn person. Is a college degree required for a Lt.'s Position ?
Susan Sokoloski October 29, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Is MNHS shelter pet friendly?
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
According to Marple Commissioners President Michael Molinaro, the local shelters are not pet-friendly as of now. The Delco Red Cross shelters are though. Check out where these regional shelters are located in Delco here (under emergency shelter info): http://marplenewtown.patch.com/articles/marple-newtown-s-emergency-contact-list
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
And, yes, Newtown Township residents (should they need it) are being referred to MNHS for their emergency shelter.
Christine Schierse Newell October 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM
FYI Lt. Lunn has his masters degree plus graduated from the FBI national academy . Yes he does work and put his life and family at risk by protecting you... Maybe you should think before you speak next time.....
Concerned Citizen October 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Obviously, Lorraine...YOU are the moron. And there actually are morons bigger than you who make Lt. Lunn's advisories to stay put necessary.
Dave October 29, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Specifically identify your educational credentials and current position of employment to ensure your criticism of Lt. Lunn is credible.
david jordon October 29, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Lorraine you should go look out your window to see if something hasn't fallen on your house and head. Are you an idiot, or just flat out ignorant. What in gods name does a college degree have to do with anything going on out there today? Unfortunately, people like you need to be told simple things like "shelter in place" or they will show up where in places not prepared for such. UNBELIEVABLE!

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