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Still Dealing with Sandy

Power is still out to tens of thousands of people, the majority in Monroe and Northampton Counties.

In one Northampton County community, the offer of free hot food and heat had those affected by the lack of electricity turning out by the dozens.

Hurricane Sandy swept through much of our area earlier this week, toppling trees and cutting power to tens of thousands.

Strong winds Monday night knocked over more than 100-foot tall trees, about 75 of them, at the Silfie’s property near Kunkletown.

“I was hearing crack, crack, crack and I knew trees were snapping and then I was hearing the boom sound with it,” said Nancy Silfie of Eldred Township.

Surveying all the damage, Blaine Silfie said it could take him a year to clean it up if he has to do it all himself.

Still, he said his family was lucky, with the massive trees missing his home.

“Our house is still intact. It took the trees pretty close to the house, so that was amazing. It`s God`s grace,” said Blaine Silfie.

Just over the line in Northampton County, winds brought down trees at the Wind Gap borough park and left a utility pole and wires leaning over Third Street.

Power is back on to the majority of residents in the borough, but just a few miles down the road in Pen Argyl, officials said about three-quarters of the borough are still without power.

With the help of a generator at borough hall, officials and the Salvation Army were providing a free hot meal to residents and a chance to warm up.

“Hot food and coffee, so we just wanted to get warmed up. We just came out from under the blankets to come here cause we heard an announcement through our neighborhood, which was awesome,” said Cherie Green of Pen Argyl.

“Just having people be able to come together really helps out quite a bit, kind of makes you not feel so alone when the power is out and it`s dark in your house,” said Michael Nasatka, Pen Argyl council president.

Those in the dark, like Patrick Bozzuto and his grandchildren, were certainly grateful.

“They really do their job. They`re doing a great job helping us out and I appreciate them greatly,” said Patrick Bozzuto of Pen Argyl.

Officials with the Salvation Army are also providing transportation to a nearby shelter.

“We are really encouraging people to go to the shelter at East Stroudsburg University because we have no idea how long this is going to be and it’s getting colder, but we will be here as long as people need us. That’s what we do,” said Major Mary Francis, with the Pen Argyl Salvation Army.


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