WJAC-TV: Sandy Rips through Portions of Clearfield Co.

(Photo by Brittany Boyer, WJAC-TV)

CLEARFIELD – Many Clearfield County residents never expected to experience a hurricane. However, Hurricane Sandy’s gusty winds and rain pummeled Clearfield County.

At the storm’s peak, more than 6,000 residents were without power in the county. On Tuesday WJAC-TV visited some of the hardest hit areas that were impacted by the super-storm.

Clearfield County Emergency Management Director Joe Bigar said some of the most affected areas were Lawrence Township, Treasure Lake and Sabula.

WJAC-TV observed hundreds of downed trees and power lines along Mount Zion Road in Lawrence Township. The road remained closed for several hours while debris was removed from the roadway.

One Lawrence Township homeowner woke up to the sound of a tree striking his home around 9:30 p.m. Monday. Other residents, like Linda Smeal, woke up Tuesday to missing roof shingles.

“It was really windy and rainy. The wind was the worst until the power went out at 9 p.m.,” Smeal said.

Bigar said it was a busy Tuesday throughout the county.

“There are mostly down trees. We were just out and did an assessment of it. We had one person that needed shelter,” said Bigar.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, PennDOT District 2 reported that all major roadways in Clearfield County were open.


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