Sandy’s After Effects

HOMETOWN — We’re finding out more about the effects on people from Sandy.

Justin Dunn deals with trees for a living and Sandy has provided plenty of work for him. Dunn said cutting up a storm damaged tree near Tamaqua means more money for his company.

“We have our regular customers and if 50 of them have storm damage, you can’t get to them all at once, it`s just not possible, so it hurt us in a sense. We have the work and the money coming in, but people get upset and we can’t get to everybody,” said Dunn.

The cut up wood is going to good use. Once seasoned it will be used to heat the home of Chris Deppen. Deppen said using the storm damaged wood is saving him money.

“Seasoned wood you’re looking at $180 a cord.”  Deppen was asked how much wood he can expect. “A couple of cords, that`s a big tree a real big tree,” responded Deppen.

Sandy has certainly left her share of problems. At Skipper Dippers restaurant, a lot of ice cream and cold meat had to be thrown away because of the lack of refrigeration. However, owner Joe Pilla said when power was restored people came to eat and more.

“We had a lot of people here, charging their cellphones, using our Wi Fi internet, so it helped a lot of the local residents including the crews, the PPL crews,” said Pilla.

Basiles restaurant is open after being closed for a time by Sandy. Paola Basile said they were able to save a lot of frozen food, but some refrigerated food had to go.

“A lot of the refrigerated stuff we had to throw away, meat, cheeses, stuff like that milk,” said Basile.

Our area was hard hit, but some said we were spared when compared to the eastern seaboard.

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