Severe thunderstorms leave many in Delaware Valley without power, needing rescue from flash flooding

Justin Udo
August 07, 2019 - 7:16 pm

KYW Newsradio

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UPDATED: 9:25 p.m. 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The storms that came through the Delaware Valley Wednesday evening left many in the dark. PSE&G and PECO have reported outages throughout the area, and PECO spokesperson Afia Ohene-Frempong said it's all hands on deck for them as they work to get everyone's power back on.

"We've got our emergency response organization open and ready, we're staffed up, we make sure that we are all on the ready and that we have the contractors we need to address the problems as quickly as possible," she said. 

"If you see downed power lines, in particular downed PECO equipment, stay far away from it, go inside. We also want to encourage everyone to go to the outage map, or to go online to report an outage if there's an outage at their home," Ohene-Frempong warned. 

PennDOT's Brad Rudolph said the flash flooding and ponding has left their workers pretty busy.

"Our maintenance crews are running through all the counties right now. There have been several instances of flooding where we've had to close lanes down, some ramp restrictions as well," he said. 

"If you see any high water, don't approach it, don't think you can just go through some kind of giant puddle. Use caution and try and go a safer route," Rudolph added. 

Rudolph said they are here to help the public, but asked that the public help them by not going on closed roads or deep ponding area.