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Marple and Newtown Prep Residents For Sandy

Both Marple and Newtown townships have sent out notifications to residents alerting them of Hurricane Sandy and how to prepare for the storm.

Nearly 14 months after Hurricane Irene hit the Marple Newtown area, another hurricane is headed our way with Sandy leading the stormy charge. Both Marple and Newtown townships are preparing for what could be a significant emergency disaster to the community. Police, emergency response teams, and public works departments are all on standby in anticipation for Sandy.

According to Marple Township:

  • A very large region will be affected by very strong winds.
  • Reflecting its tropical beginnings, very heavy rainfall will occur with this  storm.
  • The storm will be slow moving. This worsens the impact for flooding.
  • The area affected will be determined by the track of the storm. There is  still some uncertainty about the track of the storm. However the threat to our region has once again increased over the last 24 hours. The potential for the core of the storm to have extremely strong winds and torrential rainfall has also increased.

Both Marple and Newtown townships have offered these tips to help prepare for the hurricane:

  • Engage in preparedness activities. Review your Family Emergency Plan.
  • Be prepared to evacuate if Emergency Management Officials instruct you to do so.
  • Be prepared for potential long-term power outages. Have non-perishable food items, bottled water, and flashlights with spare batteries available for at least seven days along with a battery-operated radio.
  • Leaves! There are a lot of leaves on the ground. Leaves are an excellent material to clog/ block storm drains, worsening local/neighborhood flooding. Get leaves and any other obstructing materials away from drains before this storm arrives.

And in case of any emergency, both townships remind residents to call 911.

Mayuree Osothsri Uhlman October 27, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Be prepare and Be safe! everyone.
Ann Conca October 27, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Does anyone know where dry ice will be distributed if/when we lose power?
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 27, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Hi Ann, I know Marple Township had dry ice available last year during Irene but you may want to check with both townships just in case.
Lynn Shelton October 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The dry ice is a big help, you would think that information would have been included in the emergency messages on the phone system, I also would have suggested the Township do an emergency leave clean up today and tomorrow to help with the drain situation so many folks already have leaves blown to the curb......
Anne M. October 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Is trash collection cancelled for Monday?
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM
If you live in Newtown Township, you'll have to call your private trash collection company. I still haven't heard word from Marple about trash collection being canceled.
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:51 AM
From Marple Township Manager Anthony Hamaday and Commissioners President Michael Molinaro: Marple was supposed to start leaf collection this week but has been postponed (no later date given). Trash collection is still on for tomorrow but a final decision will be made at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Anne M. October 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Was the final decision made?
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Hi Anne, Unfortunately I did not receive a final word on the decision made.
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:52 PM
UPDATE: One Marple reader just commented that his trash has been picked up even though township personnel said trash pickup has been suspended.
Anne M. October 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Yes, they are picking up trash in Marple today, though not many people have put their trash out. The truck just went up my street very quickly.
Jennifer Kim (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Thanks for letting us know, Anne!

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