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As Storm Looms,Townships Request: Do This NOW

Don't wait. Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships ask residents to prepare NOW by taking steps at home and doing one critical thing to help reduce the potential for flooding.

Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships are asking residents to prepare NOW for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy or its remnants to sock the region with heavy winds and soaking rains.

In addition to preparing your own property by bringing in any outdoor items that could be blown around, the number one request for community assistance at this point (early Satursday afternoon) is to help clear storm drains.

Falling leaves, which have increased dramatically in the past few days, present one of the biggest threats to draining storm waters from streets.

When contacted by TE Patch on Friday afternoon Easttown Township Manager Mike Brown echoed the requests being made this weekend by Tredyffrin and Chester County officials.

If you live on a street with a storm drain, please help public works crews by clearing storm drain inlets of any leaves or debris.

Brown explained that while Easttown Public Works crews have been working hard to clear drains, falling leaves and the sheer number of storm drains make it impossible for township crews to keep every single one clear.

Tredyffrin Township faces the same concerns, especially in flood prone areas.

Patch received the following public advisories from Tredyffrin Township Saturday morning.

Tredyffrin Township's Police and Public Works Departments are working with the County and local fire companies to make necessary preparations for potential impacts of Hurricane Sandy, including the possibility of major flooding and power outages. We ask that residents review hurricane preparedness tips to prepare for the storm and, during the storm, refrain from nonessential travel.

Please follow the links for more information on hurricane preparedness:

Tredyffrin Township's website: http://www.tredyffrin.org/

Chester County's website: http://www.chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=217

FEMA's website: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

A message from Tredyffrin's Police Chief

I am urging all residents to begin storm preparations as soon as possible. We remind them to stock up with extra water and food items. Additionally, I am asking residents to limit their travel on the roads during the storm to necessary travel only.

We are continuing to make preparations within our agency and township services in conjunction with county and state resources.

I also urge residents to review the township website for additional preparation tips and information.

In addition to Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships, TE Patch is here to keep you updated before, during and after the predicted storm.

Click on this link to see how Patch can help you and how you can use Patch to help keep your neighbors and emergency officials informed about what's going on in your neighborhood.

Lala Buy November 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
There was one major point missed by all authorities when they requested the public's help in preventing flooding from clogged storm drains - removing leaves off the paved surfaces both on your property and on the street in front too. The leaves already on the roads in front of people's properties are the ones that will be swept away by the rains, not the leaves on lawns. My neighbors dutifully raked their leaves, but none raked the road in front of their houses. I think that no one on my street considered how the street's leaves would be the first swept into the storm drains, and I did not hear any authorities spell this out either. I think it was excellent that authorities had the foresight to warn the public and request help. Next time I think it would much better if authorities also specifically stated that the public also needs to remove leaves off of the paved surfaces on properties, including and especially the street in front of your house. In times like this people will want to help, but they need specific instructions in order to get the best results.

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