Severe weather can be dangerous and unpredictable. Understand the potential impact of severe weather and be prepared to respond when it occurs. The best protection from severe storms is a well-rehearsed plan. Be sure your family knows what to do when threatening weather approaches.
- Severe Weather Watch: Severe weather is possible or expected
- Severe Weather Warning: Severe weather is imminent or already occurring in your community.
Flash flooding can occur within a few minutes or after hours of excessive rainfall. Most flash flooding is caused by slow-moving thunderstorms; thunderstorms repeatedly moving over the same area.
Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, and destroy buildings, roads, and bridges. Streets can become rivers. Even six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet. A depth of 2 feet can float a car!
NEVER try to walk, swim or drive through swift water. Nearly half of all flood related fatalities are auto related; people trapped in their cars by rising water, or trying to drive through swift moving water.
If you come upon flood waters, STOP, TURN AROUND, and go another way. Be on the lookout for rapidly rising water at highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
You may not always have adequate warning that these dangerous flash floods are coming. If you live in a flood prone area, plan ahead. Identify where you can go if you need to evacuate. Plan a safe route away from low-lying areas. Most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flooding. Check with your insurance agent to see how to get federally sponsored flood insurance.
The rule for being safe in a flooding situation is simple: Head for higher ground and stay away from flood waters.
To report a power outage to PECO:
- Call the outage hotline at 1-800-841-4141
- Go to the PECO Website, Report a Power Outage Page
- You can also view the real time PECO Power Outage Map
To report a downed power line to PECO:
- Downed Power Lines should be treated as an EMERGENCY and reported to PECO immediately
- Call PECO's emergency line at 1-800-841-4141 to report a downed power line
Emergencies and disasters strike quickly and often without warning. They can disrupt our lives, force us to leave our homes, or even confine us for days without essential services such as electricity, phones, or water. How ready are you and your family?
One thing you can do to prepare is register for the Ready Montco notification system.
- Receive emergency, community, weather and crime notifications
- User’s choose their preferred delivery methods - text message, email, smartphone app and/or voice call to your mobile devices and land line phone
- Messages can be targeted by geographical area (such as residents living in flood prone areas or on snow emergency routes) or a person’s special needs.
The Township has established a road priority system for snow and ice removal operations. The priority streets are the heavily-traveled roads that lead in and out of Abington. They call these snow emergency routes.
These roads include:
- Old York Road - Moreland Road to Township Line Road
- Huntingdon Pike - Moreland Road to Philadelphia Line
- Fitzwatertown Road - Susquehanna Road to Moreland Road
- North Hills Avenue - Fitzwatertown Road to Moreland Road
- Highland Avenue - Old York Road to Mt. Carmel Avenue
- Easton Road - Mt. Carmel Avenue to Moreland Road
- Old Welsh Road - North Hills Avenue to Valley Road
- Susquehanna Road - Fitzwatertown Road to Huntingdon Pike
- Moreland Road - Kimball Avenue to Edge Hill Road
- Jenkintown Road - North Hills Avenue to Highland Avenue
- Mt. Carmel Avenue - North Hills Avenue to Highland Avenue
- Township Line Road - Old York Road to Fillmore Avenue
- Valley Road - Susquehanna Road to Lower Moreland
- Edge Hill Road - Moreland Road to Old Welsh Road
- Meetinghouse Road - Township Line Road to Huntingdon Pike
- Fox Chase Road - Meetinghouse Road to Huntingdon Pike
Parking is prohibited on these roadways during a snow emergency. Vehicles found parked on snow emergency routes during heavy snow storms may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.