To the residents and businesses of Whitpain:
Last week was a week we won’t soon forget. While trying beyond words at times, I am thankful that there was no loss of life in Whitpain or our neighboring communities. Our thoughts are with those whose lives were shattered in New Jersey and New York.
Whitpain Township started preparing for Sandy as soon as weather forecasts indicated the potential. Preparation involved just about every department and every employee. From our Public Works crews that began checking storm drains to our Emergency Management team that talked regularly with Montgomery County and other local officials, we prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. Sandy then exceeded some of our worst case scenarios. I assure you that we never anticipated almost the entire Township, including the Township Building, losing power for a day or more in many situations.
But, as a community, we made it through the week. That is the real reason I’m writing. On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I want to thank all of you for your efforts last week. Friends helped friends. Neighbors helped neighbors. Businesses helped businesses.
It was truly a time when Whitpain came together under the most difficult of circumstances. The Board appreciates everything that you did. We also appreciate your patience and cooperation with the recovery and clean-up efforts.
I also thank the staff of the Township for their long hours and hard work. It was a team effort. And I thank the men and women of the Centre Square Fire Company and the Second Alarmers Rescue Squad. They are there on a daily basis for our community. That was especially true under very difficult circumstances last week.
The Township is continuing to assess the damage from Sandy. If your home or vehicle was damaged, you should call the Township Building at 610-277-2400 so we can have a Codes and Enforcement Department member visit and prepare a report.
The Township is also evaluating its response to Sandy. We hope we never face a similar situation but we are going to learn from this and improve where we can. One lesson we learned again last week is a simple but important one: We are a great community here in Whitpain.
Wishing you the best,
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