Shelters providing water, hot meals to people in Pike County

DINGMAN TWP., PIKE COUNTY (WOLF) -- People in Pike County are still recovering from the brutal storm that ripped through our region Friday.

Many there are still without power, waiting it out in shelters, and now preparing for more snow.

There are uprooted trees and broken branches nearly everywhere you look while traveling the roads in eastern Pike County.

The aftermath of the fierce nor’easter that tore across the east coast on Friday.

Now, four days after that storm, many people’s homes are still without power.

Dingman Township Volunteer Fire Department is no different, but thanks to a generator, its able to serve as an emergency shelter for people who need a place to stay.

Like Marea Acebedo. She needs her oxygen tank to survive, and found herself in a dangerous situation without power.

“I decide to call 911 because I thought it was an emergency. And in less than 10 minutes the firefighters, they went home, dig a path from the driveway so I could go out,” Acebedo, of Milford, said.

Now, she says she feels safe – and cared for.

“And over here, they treat us like queens and king, you know.”

30 people are currently staying at the shelter, which is staffed entirely by volunteers. Everyone is given three meals a day, and people can even stop in for a hot meal. Volunteers fed 60 people last night.

In addition to offering people a place to warm up and a hot meal, the fire department is also giving people a place to fill up their water jugs.

“Godsend. Absolute godsend. They’re wonderful people. This is an excellent community, and we went through this five, six years ago with Hurricane Sandy. Everyone pulls together around here,” Dan Johnson, of Gold Key, said.

Pike County EMA is providing ice and bottled water to both this shelter and the Bushkill Fire Company, which is also operating a shelter.

People from neighboring communities trickled in this afternoon to take as much as they needed.

“You can’t find water in the stores and our generator just quit so now I have no water so its very helpful actually,” Hilary Dambach, of Conashaugh Lakes, said.

“It’s a blessing.”

And now as things finally start to settle after the first storm – preparations begin for another.

“We’re hoping that the trees that didn’t fall from the last storm aren’t going to fall this time and delay the restoring of the power.”

Pike County EMA says its emergency operations center will be staffed 24 hours a day. The National Guard and staff from PEMA are also assisting with storm coverage there.

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