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More Than Half of Horsham Still Without Power

Hurricane Sandy has left lasting impacts on Horsham Township in terms of destruction and power outages.

Horsham Township residents have taken to powering up laptops and electronics in eateries, at fitness clubs and libraries and refueling their bodies at various spots in town.

The powerlessness for many continues. As of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 56 percent of township households - 6,115 - remained without power, according to Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker. That's 21 percent drop from the 77 percent without power on Tuesday, but a far cry from being back on the grid.

By Thursday at 7:30 a.m., Walker said 4,656 PECO customers in Horsham were without power, which is 43 percent of township households.

Gov. Tom Corbett and a representative from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency toured Horsham and Ambler Wednesday morning along with State Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) of Horsham. 

"He came to survey the damage and to meet with the workers who are repairing the damage. The crew we met with were from Mississippi," Stephens told Patch in an e-mail. "They drove 2 1/2 days to get here and are working 16-hour days to try to get everyone back online."

In the meantime until power is restored, locals are making due. 

"You are welcome to come to the library for warmth, lights, and an outlet for recharging your stuff," Horsham Township Library wrote on Patch's Facebook page. "We also have a self-serve coffee/tea machine. Stop by and relax and get warm!"

Some Facebook posters without power seemed to keep their spirits high.

"No power on one side of Rorer Avenue," Lisa Mattson Prebish wrote. "The other side is taunting us with their lights and TV."

Besides at-home inconveniences, about 10 roads throughout the 17-square-mile township remain closed because of downed wires and trees. Travel at some intersections has proven dangerous as traffic lights remain out.

By comparison, only 50 to 75 Hatboro residents were lacking power Wednesday evening, according to Diane Hegele, Hatboro's assistant borough secretary. PECO's outage map lists Hatboro as having between 1,501 to 3,500 outages among its 3,800 households, but Hegele said many of those are people who have a Hatboro mailing address but live elsewhere. 

"I know many houses in the area of Newington Drive in Upper Moreland section of Hatboro are without power," she said. 

PECO has said power restorations could take up to one week. As of Wednesday morning, close to 140,000 Montgomery County residents were without power. 

Tara Ewalt November 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
We have a community center siting there.. Why did the township not use that for emergency shelter for the people in our township that have not had power for days??

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