Monday, August 27, 2012
Unsettled weather starts the week and it may finish it if Hurricane Isaac's leftover rains impact us.
Some school districts are back in swing this week as summer winds down. The good news is an extended weekend is ahead of us. The bad news is that it may rain for part of it as the leftovers from Hurricane Isaac possibly track into the Mid Atlantic. Isaac's remnants won't produce Irene or even Lee-like impacts across the region. No winds to 80 miles per hour. No rainfall that's measured by the foot. Nor will there be coastal flooding issues to deal with or orders to get the hell off the beach. Those type of impacts will be felt along the Gulf Coast, where Isaac will make landfall on Tuesday evening. Isaac's future from landfall is less clear at this point, with some computer modeling suggesting it will track through the Ohio Valley and …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The resident fled his stranded vehicle during Hurricane Irene and required assistance from Hatboro's Enterprise Fire Company.
Three Enterprise Fire Company volunteers received commendations last fall for their life-saving marine rescue efforts during Hurricane Irene. On Monday, an Upper Moreland man who put their lives in jeopardy accepted responsibility, according to this report. William A. Conner, 39, of the 400 block of Davisville Road, received a three-year probation after pleading guilty to three charges of reckless endangerment, as well as a criminal mischief charge stemming from his failure to obey barricades placed on flooded roadways during Hurricane Irene last August. Conner circumvented police barricades on Davisville Road during Irene, became stuck, left his stranded vehicle and was swept away in the strong currents, Enterprise Fire Company Chief …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs through June 2.
What are the odds a hurricane will interfere with your summer vacation? You might be surprised. "Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents," according to National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration website. "The National Weather Service works to save lives and livelihoods through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches." What's this season look like? "Given the current and expected conditions, combined with model forecasts and possible competing factors, (NOAA estimates a 70 percent) probability for each of the following ranges of activity during 2012: These ranges do not …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Bill, introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens, would provide a $250 - $500 for motorists passing police flood barricades.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
A bill, sponsored by state Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) that passed last week, is designed to keep motorists away from storm-flooded areas, according to a Montgomerynews.com article. Stephens has described House Bill 2199, also known as the ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown” legislation, as “common sense.” The bill would fine motorists $250 - $500 for ignoring police barricades set up to prevent such motorists from entering storm-flooded areas. The fine would be in conjunction with the subsequent rescue, towing or medical care of such motorists, who became stranded in the floodwaters. In addition to the fine, such motorists would also receive two points on their driving record; but does stop short of suspending the motorist’s driver’s license. …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Representative Todd Stephens hopes to introduce "Turn Around, Don't Drown" legislation that would stiffen penalties for motorists who ignore road closures during flooding.
In the best possible scenarios, emergency responders who rescue a driver from floodwaters look back a few years later and chuckle at the centenarian who was out to buy bananas in the middle of a hurricane. In the worst cases, they look back and remember the friend and colleague they lost in the raging currents while attempting to rescue a victim who shouldn’t have been there in the first place. With soon-to-be-proposed legislation, representative Todd Stephens (R-151) hopes to curb the frequency of both those occurrences. Stephens' bill, called "Turn Around, Don't Drown," would impose a fine of $500 for driving around a barrier closing a road for hazardous conditions. It also calls for a 90-day license suspension if the driver's vehicle …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Upper Moreland, which was among the worst of the county's most damaged townships, has residents still recovering from the storms.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Following its in-house donation campaign, Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets were able to raise $103,097 for victims of the recent natural disasters.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Following the recent natural disasters that took their toll on local communities throughout the operating areas of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets in September, over $100,000 will be donated to the American Red Cross to aid in the ongoing relief efforts. GIANT/MARTIN’S matched customer and associate donations made in store from Sept. 17 – Oct. 1 at all store checkouts. In addition, vendor partner Hatfield Quality Meats also contributed $20,000 as part of the GIANT/MARTIN’S in-store campaign, bringing the total donation to $103,097. “Thousands of our neighbors were hit hard by the recent heavy weather caused by Hurricane Irene and the resulting flooding and I’d like to thank our customers, associates, and Hatfield Quality Meats …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Patch editors from throughout Montgomery County helped restore nearly 100 flood-damaged trees at the Trust during Patch's community service Give 5 program.
As part of Patch's commitment to community service, Patch editors from throughout Montgomery County travelled to Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, for a day of service. Patch calls its community service program, "Give 5," as in the editors spent over five hours at the Trust, pulling invasive porcelean berry vines from trees and straigtening nearly 100 saplings that were damaged by recent flooding. Most of the editors were astonished at how quickly the service opportunity went, and how much fun they had working in the woods. "I may not want to return to the land of technology," David Powell, Patch Montgomery County associate regional editor, said. --- For the full story, please click on the above video.
Monday, September 19, 2011
The new center will be located in Conshohocken. Residents affected by recent Tropical Storm Lee flooding are not yet eligible for aid.
A disaster recovery center intended to help Montgomery County residents and businesses who sustained damage during Hurricane Irene last month will open Wednesday in Conshohocken, the county announced this afternoon. The facility will be located at 1175 Conshohocken Road and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The center will remain open until FEMA decides to close it, said John Corcoran, Montgomery County Director of Communications. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and several other state and federal agencies will be on hand. "Uninsured and under-insured homeowners, renters and businesses may be eligible…
Saturday, September 17, 2011
FEMA provides temporary housing assistance.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, FEMA-4025-DR, has been amended to include Individual Assistance for Montgomery County. Individual Assistance can include temporary housing assistance for eligible applicants such as rental assistance and repair assistance. Individuals in the designated counties are encouraged to register with FEMA. This assistance is for Hurricane Irene only. HOW TO REGISTER: Telephone - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY at 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362. Internet - Individuals may apply for disaster assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov - through FEMA's App for android phone, which …