Storm Left Thousands of Residents Without Power

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Jefferson County residents were not immune to the severe weather late Sunday as high winds and snow squalls hit just about every part of the county, causing widespread power outages.

According to Tracy W. Zents, Director of Emergency Services for Jefferson County, 911 dispatchers fielded close to 100 calls from around 7 p.m. to just shortly after 10 p.m. Emergency calls continued late into the night and early Monday morning.

A total of about 4,000 residents were without power around 10:30 p.m., with the hardest hit areas including Brockway and Snyder Township with just shy of 2,000 residents without power, Punxsutawney and Young Township with 800 residents without power, and Brookville with just over 400.

In total, 27 of the 34 municipalities reported power outages, as well as trees and utility lines down.  Some areas had telephone and television service interrupted into Monday morning.

911 call takers had dispatched nearly every fire department in the county to respond to various storm-related calls.  Local municipal public works, as well as PennDOT crews, responded to help open the numerous roads closed by downed trees. EMS agencies were also busy handling multiple non-related calls.

Snow squalls that came through the area at the same time as the high winds also produced multiple vehicle accidents all over the county.

The last storm-related call came in around 8 a.m. Monday.  No injuries were reported.

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