Crews work to revive electrical energy, preserve security in downtown Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Energy crews, fireplace and police, and metropolis officers had been among the many groups working to revive electrical energy and preserve security Saturday amid an influence outage within the space of seventh and Tilghman streets in Allentown.

The Allentown Police Division issued a reverse 911 simply earlier than 8:30 a.m., it mentioned in a Fb put up, to alert residents and enterprise homeowners to wires that had been down and probably reside.

The put up mentioned it urged all residents within the space of Little Apple Market — particularly, the 600 blocks of North Seventh and North Eighth streets and the 700 blocks of Tilghman and Allen streets — to keep away from their backyards, fences and garages as PPL was on the scene working to redirect the ability.

Mayor Matt Tuerk supplied a Fb video replace from seventh and Tilghman streets Saturday round 12:45 p.m., saying the outage did contain reside wires and affected a broad space Saturday morning into the afternoon.

Tuerk mentioned officers decided {that a} rubbish truck backed into pole that introduced down reside wires. He mentioned energy was largely restored, however work was nonetheless being accomplished by the fireplace and police departments, in addition to the town’s well being bureau and enterprise outreach.

Due to the ability outage, Tuerk mentioned, sanitarians had been out checking in on eating places for meals security functions.

“When now we have an influence outage, the well being bureau responds as a result of we’re involved that meals provides that could be affected within the eating places, the grocery shops, nook markets are stored in a food-safe temperature zone,” mentioned Garry Ritter, appearing director of the Allentown Well being Bureau.

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“So now we have workers out speaking to enterprise homeowners and taking motion, if mandatory, to verify the meals that continues to be in these services are going to be secure so that you can buy,” Ritter mentioned.

Allentown Police Chief Charles Roca mentioned, “We had been hit with an incident the place site visitors went out, a pole was sheared, transformers got here down, a bunch of reside wires got here down.” 

“After all, with lights out, it will probably create some site visitors backups,” Roca mentioned, “so make it possible for if a site visitors mild is out, to cease, deal with it like a cease signal, after which proceed via.”

Roca inspired residents and people touring via the world to be affected person.

“Simply take your time,” he mentioned. “We wish to make it possible for everybody travels safely.”