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Marple Police Receive 160 Calls During Sandy

The Marple Township Police Department received 160 emergency calls during Hurricane Sandy.

BROOMALL–From the arrival to the end of Sandy's rampage in Marple Township, the Marple Township Police Department received a total of 160 emergency calls for service during the storm.

The 160 calls were made between 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, to 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. 

The following is a list of some of the larger number of calls that were received by Marple police: 

  • 54 – Calls for wires/trees down
  • 46 – Fire calls
  • 39 – Alarm calls
  • 15 – Medical calls

"The biggest number of calls we received was for wires or trees that were down or blocked roadways," said  Marple Police Chief Tom Murray.

In addition, Murray said only one motor vehicle accident occurred during this time but was not storm-related. Also, no crime was reported during Hurricane Sandy.

In the height of the storm, said Murray, approximately 8,900 homes were without power out of 9,600. However, most homes in Marple have been restored with a few hundred left still without power. 

Luckily, "no major issues," such as flooding, occurred during the storm, said Murray. According to Murray, the Lawrence Park Apartments and Lawrence Park Condominiums on Lawrence Road were evacuated for precautionary measures. However, in total, approximately five or six residents in both Marple and Newtown townships checked into one of the local shelters. 

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