The clean-up from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida continues across Buckingham Township. In addition to the heavy rains and winds, Buckingham also saw an EF-1 tornado touch down in the Township.
Our local police, fire, EMS, and public works crews have been working around the clock. During the height of the storm, we responded to numerous water rescues for motorists that drove into flooded roads. Crews cleared downed trees. We responded to medical emergencies, accidents, fire emergencies, downed power lines, homes damaged by falling trees, bridges washed out, roadways damaged, and all of the calls for service we handle on a normal day. The Board of Supervisors declared a Disaster Emergency as the storm arrived. They and the Township staff continue to work with local, county, and state Emergency Management officials managing the Township's recovery process.
Use caution as you travel in the area in the coming days. We still have roads closed, downed trees, and downed power lines. Crews are working to clear the roads and restore power.
DO NOT drive around "Road Closed" signs or barricades.
PECO is working around the clock and has over 750 mutual aid personnel assisting in this massive effort. Power outages should be reported to PECO at 800-841-4141 or by using the PECO app available at peco.com/app .
If you are using portable generators, please use extreme caution.
- Always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents.
- NEVER use generators in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation.
- NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet. This practice, known as backfeeding, can cause an electrocution risk to utility workers and others served by the same utility transformer.
- Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool. Fuel spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
- Follow manufacturer's instructions.
- Install battery-operated or plug-in (with battery backup) carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home, following manufacturer's instructions.
- Test CO alarms often and replace batteries when needed.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has created a guide to assist residents during the clean up and storm aftermath. The "After the Disaster" guide is available for download at: https://www.pema.pa.gov/Recovery/Documents/After-The-Disaster.pdf
The Pennsylvania Volunteers Active in Disasters group has also activated and may be able to provide assistance to residents in need. We’ve attached a copy of their notice.
Damage to your home should first be reported to your insurance company. If you wish to report your damage to the Township, you can email us at email@example.com . If you have any questions, please contact the Township at 215-794-8834.
Our sincerest thanks to all of those who responded to the many calls for assistance over the past 3 days. This includes our responders as well as local residents who have lent a helping hand to their neighbors and our community.
Buckingham Emergency Management