by Jonathan Weaver
Portions of Allegheny Avenue to Hickory Street were shut down yesterday in Applewold Borough so tree cutting crews could rid the intersection of debris.
According to Borough Council President (and East Franklin Township Fire Chief) Mark Feeney, about a half-dozen or more trees of different age fell in the small community yesterday along the popular roadway and near the Borough building.
Because of the number of fallen limbs and debris, Feeney said there was not enough time for Council to vote on the cleanup efforts and radioed Armstrong County’s Emergency Operations Center about the emergency road closure yesterday afternoon.
Two-way traffic was to have been restored by evening.
Trees reportedly fell into structures in the small riverfront community as well as along Ferne Drive in North Buffalo Township. No residents were injured during those incidents, but it kept volunteer firefighters and municipal road crew workers and other crews busy yesterday afternoon.
As well as in Applewold Monday afternoon, volunteer firefighters also responded to trees and wires down in North Buffalo Township, West Kittanning and Plumcreek according to Armstrong 9-1-1. As many as 1,000 customers lost electricity during the afternoon storm.
Temperatures will continue to average about 90 degrees during the remainder of the work week, leaving the potential for severe weather.