Sunday Storm Results in Vehicle Rescue, Power Outages
Thunderstorm makes busy evening for emergency personnel.
While many area residents were likely enjoying Sunday night's thunderstorm from inside their homes, emergency personnel were busy responding to a number of situations around the area.
Most alarming was a vehicle rescue that took place near the intersection of Conshohocken and Station Roads, located in an industrial area just south of Ridge Pike. According to Plymouth Township police, an emergency call came in at 9:50 p.m., as a male driver's vehicle became stuck in rising flood waters after a storm drain clogged.
However, emergency personnel were able to remove the man from his vehicle without injury, and the water level receded with the slowing rain. By 10:30 p.m., the vehicle had been towed from the scene and only debris remained in the low-lying area.
In Lafayette Hill, a large tree fell across Germantown Pike just after the curve at Church Road, closing the road to Thomas Road. Barren Hill firefighters at the scene told Patch that the tree downed a number of electrical wires, cutting power to lights and residences along the roadway. Whitemarsh police also told Patch that PECO was awaiting a tree removal service before making repairs to the wires, and power remained off as of 11:33 p.m.
In Plymouth Township, police responded to Germantown Pike, Chemical Road, and Metroplex Boulevard after the storm cut power to a number of lights along those roadways. As of 11:30 p.m., police were placing power generators at those sites to restore electricity until repairs could be made.
Outside electrical fires were also reported at the intersections of Red Rowen Lane and Gawain Road, and also Wayland Road and Camelot Drive, in Plymouth Township.