UPDATE (12:08 p.m.): Mill Rd. is closed between York and Orchard until further notice due to a PECO pole fire and live wires down.
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The Willow Grove Fire Company is advising local residents to be safe as Hurricane Sandy approaches. The Public Works Department is already taking measures to keep the township safe, but the fire department is also reminding all of us to be safe.
The following message was posted on its web site:
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to hit the area, we wanted to advise the public of the preparations that the Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company is taking to ensure that the public remains safe.
The station will be staffed during the height of the storm. That said, in the event of an emergency, there may be a delay as units are deployed throughout the area for other calls.
Calls will be placed in a priority order. What this means is that if a call is deemed non-emergent, it will be placed lower on the priority scale. An example of this would be a tree that falls down, and hits nothing.
Also to be taken into account is access for responding apparatus. If crews have to make a path to get to their destination, it will certainly add time to the response. An example would be a tree or wires blocking a road that we need to get through. Crews would have to cut the tree out of the way if feasible.
We have areas of the Township that are predetermined and prone to flood. This is something our members are aware of, and will avoid at all costs if possible. If you are out driving in the storm, please DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH THE WATER. This would make our jobs that much more difficult, and require many additional resources that could be committed elsewhere.
Please click on the following link for Hurricane Preparedness tips from the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane
And here for flood preparedness: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood
Should you have an actual emergency, please dial 911. Do not call the fire station.
Lastly, Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company will not provide pump-outs of basements if they become flooded.
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