The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped more than seven inches of rain in Upper Providence over the course of several hours Wednesday evening, inundating several low-lying neighborhoods. For the past several hours, Upper Providence Township emergency responders have performed multiple water rescues along both the Perkiomen and Schuylkill Rivers. Evacuees and their pets were transported to the Upper Providence Township Community Center temporarily to allow them time to seek more permanent shelter.
Upper Providence Township Department of Emergency Services reported the last water rescues were completed at around 3:00 today. Tomorrow morning Township crews will be conducting house-to-house damage assessments, as part of its information gathering in support of disaster relief funding. Township officials are encouraging all residents or businesses who have sustained damage from this storm to please notify Upper Providence Township officials at (610) 933-9179 and file a damage assessment form directly with Montgomery County at www.montcopa.org/IDA. The Township will soon be providing dumpsters for a limited time to assist with cleanup activities. In addition, residents may contact the Hurricane Ida Crisis Cleanup Hotline at (844) 965-1386 or contact the Southeastern PA Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (SEPA VOAD) at (267) 464-7740 for volunteer cleanup assistance.
The Upper Providence Township Community Center will be open from 10am to 2pm as a charging station and for supplies (clothing, personal hygiene items, food, water, and limited pet supplies) for anyone in need. The Township is truly grateful for the donations that were dropped off throughout the day. Meanwhile, Montgomery County opened a shelter at Norristown Area High School starting at 4:00 today (Thursday, September 2) for any individual and families, including pets. This location is 1900 Eagle Drive in Norristown and will remain in operation until this emergency passes.
In a special press briefing with municipal officials, PECO stated that approximately 31,000 customers in Montgomery County remain without power, due in part to substantial damage to the Perkiomen substation. PECO crews expect most power to be restored by later Friday afternoon. Hard hit areas in Mont Clare and Port Providence will likely receive power sometime this weekend upon the completion of electrical inspections.
As Upper Providence Township receives additional updates, this press briefing will be updated accordingly. Township officials are relieved to report that, as of now, there are no fatalities to report.