Cleaning up after severe storms hit Lehman Township


LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some people continue to be without power in our region, including many in Luzerne County. Some UGI customers are going on 24 hours since they’ve had electricity in the wake of last night’s wind storms. This is having a big impact on people as they find themselves cleaning up the mess.

If you drive Route 29 in Lehman Township you can see what Sunday Night’s storm left behind. Trees knocked down power lines, limbs taking out porch roofs, cut up tree trunks on the side of the road.

“Around 8 o’clock is when it started happening,” James Yamelski of Lehman Township said. “Like the lights were flickering and it slowly started to get worse and worse to the point where there were sleet coming off the side of the house.”

17-year-old James Yamelski said the storm sent a tree crashing down on their cars, totaling it. He took the day off from school to help his father pick up the aftermath.

At the height of the storm, more than 3,000 people were without power. Some of those who live and do business in the area, like RJ’s Gun Shop, remain off the grid.

“We do lose power once in a while, but not usually this long,” Nancy Kreidler, owner of R&J Guns said. “Usually by now, we should of already had power back on.”

In the first 12 hours, Nancy tried to salvage what’s in her refrigerator and in her sporting goods store.

“Just putting everything in coolers as much as I can,” Nancy said. “You are going to lose some things, but I’m praying that I just don’t lose my bait.”

UGI is working to restore power by Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton says the storms throughout the region were caused from straight-line winds and there were no reported tornado strikes.

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