Many residents and businesses lost power as wind knocked trees into utility wires and poles. Among those without power was the Gettysburg Fire Department itself. Volunteer members opened the large apparatus bay doors manually and used portable generators to provide lighting and charge portable communications radios.
During the power outage, GFD members continued to respond to emergency calls and pulled together to help ensure our community’s safety.
One major impact of the wind storm occurred on Baltimore Street when a large tree in the National Cemetery fell across the road, blocking itand snapping utility poles with wires down. Gettysburg Fire Police, a division of Gettysburg Fire Department, closed Baltimore Pike to all traffic from Steinwehr Avenue to Hunt Avenue. Volunteer GFD Fire Police, assisted by Fire Police from Barlow Fire Department, were on-scene for 9 hours from 9:30pm on Saturday until 6:30am Sunday morning when Met-Ed arrived to take control of the scene.
Residents are reminded to check weather forecasts and secure any outdoor furniture or other items prior to large storms. They can become projectiles, endangering safety and risking property damage or loss. When possible, trim trees to remove dead branches; trees are often primary causes of damage in wind storms.