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Storms Impact Area Business

Melissa S. Treacy

Thursday, February 6, 2014 • 11:06am

With so much snow and ice on the ground, a multitude of services have been interrupted in Lower Providence this week. Many parents are all too familiar with the third school closing of the Methacton School District. But, it wasn’t just the kids that were missing out.

Residents may have noticed by now the red trash cans lining many area streets. With Monday’s heavy snowfall, most trash trucks from J.P. Mascaro could not get out to collect its entire service area.

“They are trying,” said the call center. “There are a lot of trees down out there.”

Due to the overwhelming weather, trucks that had a normal Monday delivery date will do a “double pick-up” on Monday, Feb. 10.

“They’ll still do the second pick-up today [Thursday, Feb. 6],” said a call center representative. “They’ll get down all of the streets they can.”

Recycling will be picked up on Monday, Feb. 10, resuming its normal schedule at that time.

Other businesses have also felt the burn of the icy storms. Due to the weather and loss of power, The Collegeville Italian Bakery was forced to close on Monday, Feb. 3. By Wednesday, the business had restored power and was back open for business. The business is now offering a helping hand to those in need.

“Still out of power? Please feel free to stop by our dining room to charge your phone and electronics,” said the CIB’s Facebook Post. “We wanted to remind you that no purchase is necessary.”

Businesses such as Tosco’s Pizza and Brother Paul’s also used the social media platform to announce that they too were powered up and open for business. Some locations, such as Nipper’s Bar and Pizza on Ridge Pike were open for business Wednesday night, but could not accept debit and credit card transactions. The location’s ATMs were also down due to the storm.

Comcast customers went without television, phone and internet services for much of the past few days. The provider’s offices at 1000 Sandy Hill Road were without power until Thursday morning. Now that they’ve reopened for business, they too are lending a helping hand welcoming area residents in to “warm up and charge their devices.”

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