Last week, Peters Township Emergency Management officials as well as the Department of Public Works began preparing and training for the potential impact of Hurricane Ida on our area. These preparations began with planning meetings, which led to tasks such as ensuring storm drains were clear of debris and staging water rescue boats and water pumps. Complicating these efforts was the arrival of a strong cell that dumped excessive amounts of rain on the township in a short period of time before Ida even reached our region. Because the ground became so saturated with flooding received on Tuesday, concern grew that the ground would be unable to absorb any rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Wednesday.
Around 3:30 PM on Tuesday, August 31, Peters Township Emergency Crews began receiving calls for flooding in multiple areas of the township. This influx of calls prompted the activation of the township's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is a centrally located workroom that is manned by representatives from emergency management, fire, police, public works, and can be expanded if needed to include other entities such as EMS, school district, and municipal administration. This workroom facilitates the calm, efficient, and coordinated response of Peters Township's Emergency Crews for large-scale natural and man-made disasters.
The EOC remained open throughout the duration of both the first storm system and the remnants of Hurricane Ida. In just over 24 hours, The Peters Township Fire Department responded to nearly 30 emergency incidents ranging from basement flooding to fire alarms, medical emergencies, and water rescues. Handling this volume of calls was made possible through the response of on-duty Peters Fire crews as well as the home-response from career and volunteer firefighters, and volunteer duty shifts.
Early this morning, Peters Township Fire Chief & Emergency Manager Mike McLaughlin, Jr. and Township Police Chief Doug Grimes met with personnel from the fire and police departments for a brief of the situation that included weather predictions, current precautions, and road closures, as well as crew assignments. Following the brief with the Township's emergency crews, Peters Township officials met to discuss the current status of the township and developed plans to reopen roadways and assess damage to private and public property.
We want to thank all of our crews for their hard work and dedication over the past 24 hours, as well as our residents for cooperating during this dangerous period. We know that without the professionalism displayed by all, these outcomes had the potential to be life-threatening.
If you would like to report additional storm damage, please contact 9-1-1, and they will notify the appropriate entity.
Pictured below, Peters Township Firefighters perform the water rescue of a trapped motorist on Maple Lane at the Township line.