As noted here Wednesday afternoon, the Lower Merion Township Administration Building, at 75 E. Lancaster Avenue in downtown Ardmore, was without power since Saturday evening, courtesy of a rude visitor named Irene.
As of late afternoon Thursday, PECO crews were still at it, employees said, but still there’s no power except for that provided by backup generators, which have been blasting for five days now.
The generators are providing some power—but not enough for the central air conditioning.
“I’m melting!” cried one Township worker, as the humidity crept in Thursday. Windows in most of the building cannot be opened.
Eyes & Ears Needed
Lower Merion Police (who are also without power, attached as they are to the admin building) are asking for community volunteers to serve as “walking patrols” in Ardmore residential areas on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The program is an initiative of the Police and Community Relations Committee, and is different from a normal “town watch,” organizers say, in that volunteers are entirely on foot, and not in vehicles.
Participants in the program will receive an hour of training, a Community Watch shirt and a radio for use while on patrol.
Ardmore residents interested in participating are asked to contact Lower Merion Police Ofc. Joseph Haungs at (610) 645-6269.