PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Residents across the Delaware Valley have a big cleanup effort on their hands after the second nor’easter in less than a week pummeled the region with snow and brought another round of power outages to many still recovering from the previous blast of winter.
Wednesday’s nor’easter knocked out electricity to tens of thousands, knocked down power lines and trees, and caused a mess on the roads.
Most major highways were clear Thursday morning, but many secondary roads still remain snow- and ice-covered.
Bucks County was hit especially hard by the winter storm. The Richboro area got 16 inches of snow, and many residents in the county remain in the dark since last Friday’s storm.
“We found out today that we got 16 inches here in Richboro—a dubious honor for this area for this snowstorm and we’re out here trying to do our best to get out lives back together,” said Andy Andrijiwskyj of Richboro.
“I believe that two or three homes behind us don’t have power right now. They have the road blocked off and God knows when they’ll get there to fix it,” Andrijiwskyj added.
Stephen Knapp, of Richboro, lost power during the height of the storm after tree branches not only took down a power line outside but fell on top of his home.
“Four hours with the snow blower to get the driveway clear,” said Knapp.
“All the trees came down, wires down, our electric went out. It was a bummer,” said John Iuliucci.
Snow-covered streets and road closures made getting around during the morning commute nearly impossible.
“I feel like they haven’t plowed them at all,” said Krupali Patel of Southampton. “One car I just saw slipped and just crashed into a tree, which is bad. I was like, ‘Oh my god.'”
The Council Rock School District canceled classes Thursday due to messy roads and power outages.
In Bucks County alone, PECO says close to 50,000 customers woke up in the dark.
“I know it’s a tough job, but we’re paying for the service, so help us,” said Knapp. “And to give us a timeline. They’re not telling me anything.”
PECO says they are still working feverishly to get things back to normal.
“We understand that customers are frustrated, [and that] it’s inconvenient when you’re without power, but we are continuing to work around the clock to get service restored as soon as possible to our customers,” said PECO Spokesperson Liz Williamson.
As the cleanup continues across the region, CBS3 meteorologists are already tracking the potential for a third Nor’easter at the end of the weekend. Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast at CBSPhilly.com