Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – This winter has been a challange for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Over 40″ of snowfall to date has fallen in the Philadelphia area, including Upper Providence Township. On Wednesday February 05, 2014 the Philadelphia area experienced an ice storm that came only days after a wet snow blanketed the area. Snow was still on trees and wires when freezing rain and sleet came.
Rose Tree Fire Company responded to 21 emergency calls in a 24 hour period including trees and wires calls, a natural gas leak inside a building, and a mutual aid response to assist Company 51 (South Media) for a second alarm building fire response. At one point our company was dispatched to three emergency calls within minutes of each other.
Upper Providence Township experienced wide spread power outages which lasted beyond 48 hours for some areas. With temperatures in the teens and low twenties at night, it meant for adding a second blanket or two at night.
We were able to staff multiple apparatus throughout the storm. While some members lost electric at their own homes, they were still available to respond to emergency calls from neighbors within the township.
Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) reported over 700,000 customers without electric during this multiple day event. They had crews from other states assisting them to restore power to their operatng area.
On Saturday we found a crew from NY and Ct. at a local convenience store taking a break for lunch after working extended hours.
We invited them to our station to eat in the comfort of our hall.
Thanks to the crews from utility companies across the area to assist PECO in restoring power to Upper Providence Township and other municipalities in Southeast Pa.