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Delaware Twp. Gets Debriefing on Storm Response

Delaware Twp. Gets Debriefing on Storm Response
By Dakota Hendricks
Pike County Dispatch – Thursday, March 22, 2018

DINGMANS FERRY – At their March 15 meeting, Delaware Township Board of Supervisors heard a preliminary report from Emergency Management Coordinator George Beodeker about the response to Winter Storms Riley and Quinn.

In the preliminary report, Beodeker outlined the struggles Delaware Township faced during the first few days, including where and when vehicles were stuck, the fire department’s response, tree cutting and other measures.  He said Delaware Township did not meet federal requirements to open as a shelter; however, they provided a warming station, MRE’s etc., at the township building. 

Beodeker said they struggled to get information out to the public and had difficulty fighting rumors of mandatory evacuation and other misinformation.  The Township had to hire Sequoia Tree Service, a company with disaster certification, to clear trees near live wires and clear trees for emergency responders.  There will be a formal emergency action review in the next 30 days.

Beodeker praised Roadmaster Vincent Flatt, Mike Moffa, Steve Tarquini, Lori McCrory, Robin Jones, Krista Predmore and the 20 firemen from the Township Fire Department for “carrying” the residents of Delaware Township through the storm and cleanup.  Beodeker warned that residents should prepare for the upcoming storm early as the infrastructure is already damaged and the people that maintain it are work out.

Tom Zologa, a PennDOT subcontractor, said he was upset at the lack of communication during the storm.  He asked why the Township did not have adequate measures to get information out ahead of time like a radio broadcast considering similar circumstances occurred after Hurricane Sandy.  He accused the Board of doing “nothing” despite Beodeker’s attempts at explaining what the Emergency Management Response entailed.  Zologa said “How can you check it [Facebook] when the power is out?”

According to Michel Baehr, executive director of American Red Cross Poconos and Wayne/Pike Chapter, the Red Cross was deployed to Matamoras, Milford, Bushkill and Dingman Fire Departments, bringing food and other needed supplies.  “it’s up to Pike EMA to let us know what they need.”

 There will be a Red Cross Appreciation Dinner at Bushkill Fire Department on April 22 starting at 4 p.m. for Bushkill, Dingman, Milford Township, Matamoras and Lackawaxen Fire companies that opened shelters.  Any others that also set up shelters can attend.

The Supervisors will be asking Boucher & James Consulting Engineers to re-evaluate two birdges in the township, on Park Road and Log and Twig, to determine the extent of the damage done by Winter Storms Riley and Quinn.  Boucher & James will also be contracted to repair the docks at Akenac park, finish the Akenac Rec Hall Piers, design a salt shed for the township and create plans for the restoration of the Dingmans Ferry/Delaware Township Historical Society.

Resident Dick Hanel asked the Board if there was any way to reach out to the Park Service to get a timetable as to when local parks such as Child’s Park will be reopened.  He was particularly concerned as the last closure of the park lasted over two year.  Beodeker responded, saying the Park Service has yet to do a damage assessment and will not until the weather clears. 

IN OTHER BUSINESS

There will be a public hearing on March 28 to amend ordinance 110 and 901 adding kennels as conditional use in commercial zones and defining what a kennel is.

The Township approved motions to advertise for staff at Akenac Park during the summer months. Positions include lifeguard, seasonal gatekeeper and public works.

The Board approved a pay raise to $16 an hour to full time public works employee Mike Moffa.

The Dingmans Ferry Lions Club will be holding a Fish Fry at the municipal building on March 23 from 3-8pm.

The Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps is holding their Annual Easter Plant and Bake Sale Friday, March 30 from 12pm to 7pm.

The Supervisors approved a request to use Akenac Park by North PPODS & Friends, Parents of Children with Special Needs, to hold their annual Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness on Sunday September 23.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on March 28.  The Workshop begins at 6pm The Supervisors’ meeting starts at 7pm.

Met-Ed is in the process of performing Post Storm Sweeps

Met-Ed is in the process of performing Post Storm Sweeps
March 14, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Following an event the magnitude of Winter Storm Riley and Quinn damage and destruction exists even following restoration. In some cases facilities are temporarily repaired inorder to expedite restoration. Debris such as wires, transformers, and poles to name a few can be found in abundance. Inorder to restore facilities to pre-storm conditions and reinforce the infrastructure Met-Ed has a process which is called a Post Storm Sweep. 

What does this mean? The process consists of three main activities.  Assessment, Construction & Clean-up 

Assessment - Teams are deployed to interrogate circuits, identify existing damage and specify needed repairs. (This process started yesterday and anticipated to complete around Sunday)  

Construction - Following assessment, construction crews and management review assessment results and devise a plan to make repairs. However, if a hazardous condition is identified during assessment  repairs are initiated at that time.   

Clean-up - During assessment crews identify the location of broken poles, downed transformers, wires and the like. Construction crews and if necessary other contracted teams will gather and dispose of wires and poles. Transformers must be handled by qualified personnel. 
Please note: If a customer identifies a transformer that is leaking or spilled they should contact Met-Ed directly at 1-800-545-7741 and identify the location.  

Customers should never go near a downed wire even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. We remind customers to immediately report downed wires to Met-Ed. 

Again we thank you for your patience and cooperation as as we work through this process as safely and efficiently as possible.  

3/9/18 Emergency Management Update

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT


PUBLIC NOTICE

To:               Residents & Community at large
From:           George Beodeker, Del. Twp. Em. Mgmt. Coordinator
Date:            March 9, 2018
Re:               Update        

  • State of Emergency still exists in Delaware Township until Friday, March 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Township would like to extend their heartfelt sympathy to all those that sustained damage to their properties during these past storms.
  • You may start repairs to protect your properties but please remember you must obtain proper permits and inspections through the township.
  • Please report any level of structural damage to the township via phone at (570) 828-2347 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at this time we will need your name & address at minimum.
  • Advisory for seasonal home: Delay checks on your home due to weather, utility crews working and unknown road conditions.
  • For the safety of the utility crews who are helping us – SLOW DOWN!!! Be aware of sudden stops for utility crews and floating road closures. Reminder the posted speed limit is 35, conditions permitting.
  • Call 911 for any true emergencies!

3/8/18 Emergency Management Update

PUBLIC NOTICE

To:               Residents & Community at large
From:           George Beodeker, Del. Twp. Em. Mgmt. Coordinator
Date:            March 8, 2018
Re:               Update        

  • State of Emergency still exists in Delaware Township until Friday, March 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Roads both, township and state, are subject to restrictions/closures, as necessary for utility work.
  • Plan for delays when traveling.
  • Do not call the township as closures change frequently/daily.
  • Warming Center located at the Delaware Township Municipal Building will cease operation as of close of business on Friday, March 9, 2018.
  • Water and Meals Ready to Eat are available during normal business hours beginning Monday, March 12, 2018 until supplies are exhausted.
  • Delaware Valley School District is providing support services. For current information, dates and times, please call 570-296-1800.
  • Until power is restored, if using an alternative/combustion heat sources – make sure to provide proper ventilation to prevent build up of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal – DO NOT RUN GENERATORS, OR BBQ GRILLS INDOORS – EVEN IN GARAGES!
  • Further updates can be obtained from the Pike County Office of Emergency Management on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PikeCountyOEM/
  • Call 911 for any true emergencies!

Warming Center to open Thurs. 3/8

The Delaware Township Municipal Building will open as a Warming Center on Thursday, March 8th from 10am to 4pm or as soon as staff can safely arrive due to road conditions.  A state of emergency still exists in Delaware Township.  Driving is at your own risk as current road conditions remain hazardous.  

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