Local officials are still assessing the damage Hurricane Ida left in its wake as it stomped through Montgomery County and the surrounding areas. Alfred Lubrano, Justine McDaniel, Laura McCrystal, and Ellie Rushing waded through the details for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Water quality is one of the main issues at this time. Aqua Pennsylvania — which serves nearly a million people in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Bucks counties — urges its customers to conserve water after the storm damaged and subsequently closed its Phoenixville water-treatment plant.
Meanwhile, starting on Tuesday, teams made their way throughout the collar counties to assess the damage and offer assistance. Each team consisted of one representative from the public safety department, along with staff members from FEMA, PEMA, and the Small Business Administration.
“It’s going to take the rest of this week, at least, to go through,” said Bucks County Commissioner Bob Harvie.
Various areas across Montgomery County and the nearby collar counties are being surveyed for water damages and damage to local infrastructure.
Starting on Wednesday and continuing through Thursday, Montgomery and Chester counties made resource centers for affected residents operational in Norristown and Downingtown, respectively. Here residents can talk to representatives from government agencies and request assistance.
Read more about the suburban Hurricane Ida assessment process in The Philadelphia Inquirer.