Storm update: Berks County declares an emergency; some still without power, roads closed

Berks County, PA –  The Berks County Commissioners this morning declared a disaster emergency after emergency personnel and electric company officials reported numerous roads closed and power outages due to trees and power lines down on local roadways.

Med-Ed reported that it still had 10,000 customers without power as of early Monday evening and PP&L has 2,000 customers in Berks County without power. Statewide, PPL reported restoring power to more than 90,000 customers whose electric service was disrupted by the storm. PPL officials said they will have power restored to customers in the Sinking Spring service area sometime tonight.

Utility officials estimated 90 percent of their customers would get electric service restored by the end of today but 10 percent of customers living in remote areas of the county might not have power for days.

For that reason, the Berks County Chapter of the American Red Cross will continue operating a public emergency shelter in the Wilson Southern Junior High School, 3100 Iroquois Ave., Spring Township. Red Cross officials said that people are starting to come to the shelter this morning and more are expected later today.