Ice Storm Leads To Disaster Declaration In Montco

Ice Storm Leads To Disaster Declaration In Montco

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -

FEMA has been notified that a disaster declaration was announced Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery County, officials said.

The suburban county is among the hardest-hit locally in terms of power outages, with PECO reporting 187,000 customers without service. That's two-thirds of all the utility's customers in Montco.

"We issued the disaster declaration because the situation is so serious in Montgomery County, and we want to be able to be prepared to meet the needs of our constituents," Shapiro told FOX 29 News during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.

"We're seeing call volume to our 9-1-1 center, accidents on our roadways, power outages above the levels of Hurricane Sandy," Shapiro added. "... Our folks are doing a great job dealing with it, but nevertheless it's a very serious thing."

By mid-afternoon the county had reporter 4,000 calls into 9-1-1 since 4 a.m. The daily average is about 2,400.

There have been 340 electrical fires, 1,001 road obstructions, 153 vehicle accidents, 700 calls for fire assistance, 4,000 calls for police assistance.

Additionally, Abington Memorial Hospital is without power and is working off of backup generators but is in dire need of power.

A number of shelters are without power at this time, including the youth shelter, the county library in Norristown and the Willow Grove county government annex building.

County roads are clear, but trucks are on standby for additional salting if needed tonight.

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