Emergency Hurricane Sandy Notifications in Lower Providence

The township has an Emergency Notification system – Also, several closures have been announced due to Hurricane Sandy. This post will be updated throughout the storm.

Updated 3:15 a.m.

In the last two hours, Montco DPS reported a couple of road blockages, likely due to downed trees. Also, at 2:41 a.m., emergency crews headed out to a Carbon Monoxide alarm at Brenda Lane and Lee Road. According to dispatch, a resident was using a generator indoors, but afterward, moved it outside.


Updated: 12:40 a.m.

LowPro FB user posted "Lights on at Township Line and Sunset!"

While other FB user posted:

  • "No power here off of Arcola Rd...near Hoy Park. Lost it around 8pm."
  • "power out in Eagleville/Worcester Twp. off Germantown Pk. Huge tree on power lines down across Methacton Ave. near Plumlyn"

Another post commented no power on Dorchester Road, and this FB user said she called PECO, which reported that power may not be on there until Wednesday morning.


Updated: 12:20 a.m.

Vehicle accident: A vehicle accident has been reported along Ridge Pike near Evansburg Road. The incident was dispatched at 12:11 a.m., and was described as a vehicle hitting a tree that was already down. No injuries accompanied the report.


Updated: Midnight

As commented on Patch's Cover it Live, a transformer exploded in Eagleville around 11:45 p.m. The commenter reported that the entire neighborhood lost power. - Also, LowProPatch FB users are commenting that lights are starting to come back on in Audubon.


Updated: 11:25 p.m.

More LowProPatch FB power outages reported within the last hour or so:

  • Thrush Lane and Audubon Rd
  • Valley high estates is out (Visitation rd and S. Grange Ave)
  • Hillside ave is out


Updated: 11:07 p.m.

A tree along Third Street near South Midland Avenue in Trooper has fallen and is blocking the whole road. It was dispatched at 10:39 p.m.  


Updated 10:50 p.m.

A reported tree has fallen on a private property at Ridge and Crosskeys Road in Lower Providence. The tree is partically blocking northbound Pechins Mill Road. Emergency crews are en route.


Updated 10:30 p.m.

Further power outages reported within the last hour via LowPro Patch Facebook:

  • Village green lane
  • Coldspring Crossing neighborhood
  • Woodlyn Ave. between Trooper and Park ave

The latest from PECO states that more than 3,500 customers in the Township are without power.


Updated: 9:25 p.m.

LowPro Patch Facebook users are reporting power outages near 3900 Germantown Pike in Collegeville (behind Superior Tube Company) and on Barrington Road.


Updated: 7:15 p.m.

Lower Providence residents, via LowPro Patch Facebook, have reported power outages. PECO reports that 501 - 1,500 of its customers in the township are without power. Overall in Montgomery County, PECO reports 20,001-50,000 of its customers are without power at this time. PECO serves 9,600 residents in the township. While news reports state that PECO is working on getting power restored, it is still advised that residents without power report their situation to PECO by calling 1-800-841-4141. 


Updated: 6:10 p.m.

Electrical Fire: A reported outside electric fire was dispatched at 5:52 p.m. The incident occurred along Level Road near Lower Lewis Road in the Collegeville section of Lower Providence. Emergency crews arrived at the scene. - At 6:50 p.m., a LowPro Patch Facebook user reported that this incident took place near Lower Providence's Level Road School House.


Update: 5:30 p.m.

KYW reported that Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the Jeresey shore.


Update: 2:05 p.m.

According to a tweet by Worcester Township (@WorcesterTwp), the township has declared a state of emergency. For more information, visit the township's website http://www.worcestertwp.com/


Update: 1:27 p.m.

Electrical Fire: There is a report of an electrical fire  outside at N. Trooper Road, near Woodlyn Ave., in Worcester. the fire report was dispatched at approximately 1:18 p.m. Emergency crews arrived at the scene.  


Update: 12:40 p.m.

Closure: Methacton School District has announced that schools will also be closed Oct. 30. - At approximately 2 p.m. a LowPro Patch Facebook user confirmed that the school district notification system has stated that school will be closed tomorrow.

Update: 12:30 p.m.

Closure: Patch on Cover It Live reported that Freedom Valley YMCAs will be closed Oct. 29


Update: 10:45 a.m.

Patch reported that a vehicle accident occurred around 10:42 a.m. in Lower Providence - Rt. 422 and Pawlings Road Overpass. News reports described the accident as a vehicle spin-out.


Update: 10:15 a.m.

Lower Providence Township has issued an emergency notification stating the following:

Hello. This is Lower Providence Township Emergency Management with important storm information. An emergency declaration was issued on Sunday for Lower Providence Township. Residents are encouraged to remain off roadways for the duration of the storm. If travel is necessary, do not pass road closure signs or drive into standing water. Pet-friendly shelters have been established at Norristown High School, Cheltenham High School and Pottstown High School. Contact PECO for power outages 215-841-4141. There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Monday or Tuesday. As with all municipalities our resources will be very busy and responses will be on a priority basis.



Many people have been preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

As reported on Patch, the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners have reported that the storm will last until Tuesday.

The hurricane is expected to bring 45 – 65 mile per hour winds, with extensive power outages and flooding.

As a result of storm preparations, several business municipal and school closings have been announced, including:

  • SEPTA announced that it has suspended its services since 12:30 a.m. Oct. 29, which include all modes of SEPTA travel, such as the Regional Rail lines.
  • Also, according to www.phl.org, all flight operations at the Philadelphia International Airport have been suspended on Oct. 29. Check with your airline for additional information.

While the county has set up a special hotline for non-emergency questions (610-631-9700), Lower Providence Township also has an emergency notification system that will enable the township to send a personalized voice message via a single phone call to all or specific sections of Lower Providence.

According to the township’s website, the notification system number can be identified by 999-999-9999. For more informaiton about the system and to sign up for the Emergency Notification system, visit the township’s website here.

The township is also expected to disseminate important information through its Facebook page to provide updates, as well as through the community access channel.

Lower Providence residents may also contact the Township’s Emergency Management department at 610-539-5901.

For emergency situations, call 9-1-1.

In the above media gallery, residents can access the township's Emergency Preparedness Guide, also found on the township's website.


Patch will be online throughout the storm, providing updates via an interactive map and live blog posts on the site.

For real-time interaction during the storm and to share your own updates, follow Lower Providence Patch on Twitter and on Facebook.



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