Montgomery County Residents Pull Together to Help One Another After Hurricane Ida Leaves Many Flooded and Without Power

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Image via St. Eleanor's Parish in Collegeville.

After Hurricane Ida swept through yesterday and last night, Montgomery County has been left reeling, with floods, rising waters of the Schuylkill, and tornadoes last night.

Luckily today Montgomery County residents have pulled together to help their friends and family.

Saint Eleanor’s Parish in Collegeville motivated their parishioners to make over 100 sandwiches this morning for those to have to evacuate and take shelter at the Upper Providence Recreation Center.

Saint Eleanor’s said this afternoon at 1pm they will be opening Vianney and Guadalupe Halls as a Refuel and Recharge Center and will be offering snacks, coffee, water, dinner, games, and movies.

If you are in need or know of someone who is, please feel free to come, all are welcome, they said, or to charge your phone. They will be open till 8pm this evening.

If you would like to contribute food or drop off games to lend, please call the parish office at (610) 489-1647.

In Royersford, Sweet Ashley’s Chocolates are open to assist anyone who needs water or coffee or needs to charge their phones and/or laptops.

Giovanni’s 724 Restaurant is offering a plain slice of pizza and fountain beverage to all First Responders today (please enter through Vaughn Road).

In Phoenixville, Your Mom’s Place is offering eggs and coffee to First Responders or anyone who needs a hot meal today and tomorrow, in part to an awesome anonymous donor.

Scott Higgins, Director of Sales at the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, said they have assisted a couple of hotels in finding other hotel availability as they needed to move hotel reservations due to flooding.

Please be safe, and do not drive through rising waters. Stay tuned for more news on Montgomery County residents assisting their neighbors and supporting their community during the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

The Office of Montgomery County has said 14 Montgomery County bridges and the roads they carry are closed as a direct result of Hurricane Ida. Residents should not drive or walk past closure signs as flooded roads are unsafe. Doing so puts both yourself and those who may have to come to rescue you at risk. 

Due to storm damage, County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites situated along waterways are closed through Monday, September 6, and may be closed longer depending on the damage.

This includes Lock 60; Upper Valley Schuylkill Park (The lower parking lot, boat slip, fishing pier, and Schuylkill East Trail entrance are all closed but the upper lot is open); Lower Perkiomen Valley Park; and Central Perkiomen Valley Park. 

The County’s Ardmore and Pottstown COVID-19 testing sites will resume operation tomorrow, Friday, September 3, 2021.
Storm updates will continue to be posted on the County website at www.montcopa.org/Ida. Residents are encouraged to check this page for updates as the recovery operations continue.

Video from a Mont Clare resident, 400Foot Views, where a small town resides next to Lock 60 and the Schuykill River.

CBS3 Philly highlights the damaged and flooded areas in Montgomery County due to Hurricane Ida in this video from earlier today.

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