Holmesburg: Residents Cope With Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy snapped a tree outside of a house on the 8000 block of Cresco Ave.
Hurricane Sandy snapped a tree outside of a house on the 8000 block of Cresco Avenue

After a tree branch came crashing into the side of Sally Manners’ house at 9:30 p.m., she said she was worried to wake up this morning and find extensive damage to her home.

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“We got lucky. We had no power outages and no damage to the house except for a scratch on our shingles because of the branch that flew into it,” Manners said. “I thought it was going to be a lot worse, but we really got lucky.”

Though the 4500 block of Rhawn Street received minimal damage from Hurricane Sandy, the rest of the Northeast was not so fortunate.

Rhawn Street between Winchester Avenue and Cresco Avenue has been blocked off due to an uprooted tree.

In the Penny Pack Woods Cooperative Community two cars were crushed by a fallen tree on Penny Pack Street.

Wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. caused a tree to collapse on top of two cars on Pennypack Street.

In addition to downed trees, downed power lines and power outages is another issue. Peco officials are urging residents to assume any wire is live and to stay away. To report local outage and downed wires call 1-800-841-4141.


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  1. Glad to hear that Holmesberg appears to be comparatively OK after the devastating hurricane in your part of the world. I am especially interested as I am a descendant of John Holme, and I live in Somerset, England = from which I believe he set forth in the 1600s to the USA. Regards, BH

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