Monday, October 29, 2012
Owners have boarded up the frequently flood-prone Manja Pizzeria as Hurricane Sandy nears.
As winds pick up and rain starts to fill nearby Pennypack Creek, the owners of Manja Pizzeria opted to close Monday Instead of kneading dough, spreading sauce and sprinkling cheese to make some gourmet pizzas, co-owner Anastasia Sampaio shared with Patch that Manja owners relocated chairs, shop vacs and other goods to higher ground on Monday morning. "We are not opening because we had to clear the shop just to make sure we didn't lose anything," Sampaio wrote in an e-mail to Patch. "We are all boarded up. There is no flooding as of yet but we just don't know what to expect." A year before, the previous business owner of the 332 S. York Road space - Quig's Pizzeria Grille - was forced to close and relocate to the other end of town after …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Hatboro Borough Council is discussing who should cover the local 3 percent match should 12 Woodwinds condominiums receive buyouts from the federal government.
Hatboro elected officials are wrestling with how to cover roughly $80,000 in local costs in the event the federal government approves buyouts of a dozen flood-damaged units at the Woodwinds complex. The council led the charge to request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency buy out the flood-ravaged homes, demolish them and return the property to its natural state, but Council President John Zygmont said during a capital budget meeting Monday that elected officials have yet to discuss who would cover the required 3 percent match of the approximate $2 million project. Zygmont suggested that since any federal monies would be paid in a lump sum to Hatboro that the borough use the estimated $160,000 per homeowner to leverage the …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The proposed law would penalize drivers who ignore barricades during and after floods.
The House of Representatives this week unanimously approved a bill that would levy fines and points on driver’s licenses for those who ignore barricades during floods. Introduced by State Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) of Horsham, following the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the proposed legislation, dubbed "Turn Around, Don't Drown," would penalize motorists who drive through temporary police barricades during and after storms. During Hurricane Irene last year, first responders in Hatboro and Horsham put their lives at risk rescuing people who ignored raging floodwaters outside of their homes and, in more instances, barricaded roads. At least six people in Horsham failed to heed Horsham Emergency Management Coordinator …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Those who sustained damage during Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee have until Wednesday to apply for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
If you sustained losses or damages from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee, time is running out to register for help. This Wednesday, Dec. 14 is the deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA must have your application by the end of business that afternoon. You can apply in a number of ways: What you’ll need when you apply: 1. Your Social Security Number (including your spouse) 2. Private insurance information, if available 3. Address and zip code of the damaged property 4. Directions to the damaged home or property 5. Daytime telephone number and current mailing address Even if you are unsure of your eligibility, or if you’re not sure if you intend on receiving …
Monday, September 12, 2011
The ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks are over, but the lessons continue.
This week I learned a valuable lesson. Well, I guess I always knew the lesson, but it hit home this week. My 9-year-old daughter and her friend, Clare, were sitting in my kitchen Friday. Clare asked the old “Pearl Harbor” question. “Mrs. Smith, tell me where you were on 9/11,” she said. Now both Clare and my daughter were not even born yet and aside from being transported back to that moment in time, I also felt a million years older. And a million times sadder. I was in my parent’s spot and I felt trapped. My parents’ intelligence seems to improve with my age. Today they seem so content to simply enjoy the moment. They are not concerned about monetary things and really do roll with the punches. I have not arrived at this junction as of …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Hatboro's family-owned business endured several feet of flood water, as well as motor oil from a spill nearby during Hurricane Irene.
“This is what devastation looks like,” said Robert Quigley during an impromptu tour of his muddy, flood-ravaged business, Quig’s Pizza in Hatboro. “There isn’t enough hot water in the world to deal with this,” Quigley said as he made his way past family members scrubbing tirelessly in an attempt to salvage some remnant of the former family-owned pizza and sandwich shop that he owns with his daughter, Amy Quigley. To say the business was damaged during Hurricane Irene is an understatement. Mud lines the eatery’s walls on all sides, clings to its floors and food preparation equipment, and infiltrated its storage space, freezers and refrigerators, contaminating fresh and frozen food alike. Even with the property’s doors propped open …
Old Mill Inn and Quig's Pizza were hit hardest by Hurricane Irene.
With the muddy waters receded and cleanup underway, Hatboro is working to finalize its Hurricane Irene storm damage assessment. In all, Borough Manager Steven Plaugher said about 70 property owners reported damage stemming from last weekend’s storm, which caused downed trees and, more notably, the Pennypack Creek to leave its banks and flood homes and businesses. So far, Plauger said borough officials have surveyed damage at about 50 properties and the remaining 20 or so will be looked at this week. “Any properties that back up to the creek received damage,” Plaugher said. “The majority of the damage is minor.” For the most part, Plaugher said the extent of damage has ranged from a flooded basement, to home repairs needed after being hit …
The Gefters were one of 38 residents of the 79-unit Hatboro community that sustained flooding from Hurricane Irene.
As Hurricane Irene zeroed in on the region, battering Hatboro with high winds, torrential downpours, and flooding, Joann Gefter was fighting for her life. It was a battle she thought she would lose. “I had one arm left on the wire. I thought, ‘if I let go I’m going to die,’ ” Gefter recalled, adding that the raging Pennypack Creek was a force too strong. “The current just took me. I started screaming, ‘save my baby. Save my baby.’ ” The new mother, who’s lived in the Woodwinds development for four years, tried to flee her flooding condominium with husband Gary and their 6-week-old daughter Tatum during the peak of the storm. “I didn’t even think in a state of panic to go upstairs and wait it out,” Gary Gefter said, noting that minnows were…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Despite a few leaks and mud, Hurricane Irene showed virtually no impact on district schools or operations.
Hatboro-Horsham students who dreamed of a Hurricane Irene delay for the first day of school on Sept. 6 may have had their dreams dashed. District staff began drying up and wiping away last weekend's natural disaster on Sunday - mere hours after the storm flooded homes and businesses, downed trees and knocked out power - in preparation for the district's in-service day on Monday. Officials said a significant amount of preparation and planning with the district's emergency management team four days before the hurricane's arrival helped in the process. The district's maintenance, technology and security/safety staff worked together throughout the week to protect the district's property and systems, and also coordinated with local and county…
Monday, August 29, 2011
This weekend's storm causes damage to Hatboro Memorial Pool, the Old Mill Inn and more.
Heavy rain caused the Pennypack to jump its banks once again in Hatboro. Patch captured some of the scenes.