Hurricane Sandy knocks down trees in the Northeast [photos]

Sandy blew through Philadelphia Monday with fierce winds and heavy rain. Though the city escaped relatively unscathed, the storm left residents with clean-up duties. Trees that couldn’t withstand the wind are now strewn across roads and in yards, and have left many without electricity.

After a tree branch came crashing into the side of Sally Manners’ house at 9:30 p.m. Monday, she said she was worried about waking up Tuesday morning to find extensive damage to her home.

“We got lucky. We had no power outages and no damage to the house except for a scratch on our shingles because of the branch that flew into it,” Manners said. “I thought it was going to be a lot worse, but we really got lucky.”

Though the 4500-block of Rhawn Street received minimal damage from Hurricane Sandy, other neighborhoods around Pennypack Park weren’t so fortunate.

Rhawn Street between Winchester Avenue and Cresco Avenue in Holmesburg has been blocked off due to an uprooted tree.

In the Pennypack Woods Cooperative Community, two cars were crushed by a fallen tree on Pennypack Street.

The trees created another issue – downed power lines. PECO officials are urging residents to assume any wire is live and to stay away. To report local outages and downed wires call 1-800-841-4141.

If you want to submit a photo of your storm damage, email info [AT] neastphilly [DOT] com with the picture and location.

Lucia Volpe is a student reporting for Philadelphia Neighborhoods, the publication of Temple University’s Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab. She lives in Holmesburg. See other Philadelphia Neighborhoods coverage at @philaneighbors on Twitter at

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