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Downed Trees Atop Utility Lines Cause For Alarm In Stroudsburg

Stroudsburg Herald

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A fallen tree is resting on power lines in Stroudsburg - Photo by Jared Acosta

by Jared Acosta

Some area residents have expressed concerns about fallen trees currently hung up on utility lines. The trees, located diagonally and just east of Thai Thani restaurant on Foxhill Rd (or Rt 611 between Stroudsburg and Delaware Water Gap), initially fell due to high winds during a storm several months back. At least two trees completely blocked both northbound and southbound lanes when they first collapsed. While much of the debris has been removed from the roadway, significant remnants still hang upon wires and drag them dangerously close to the ground. Measuring several feet in diameter and just a few feet in the air, at least two trees are held up solely by utility lines. The lines appear to be under tremendous stress and look like they could give way at any moment.

Ronnie Wilson lives just around the corner from the low-hanging wires and travels the road numerous times a day. He is worried that someone may be severely injured or killed if and when the lines collapse, allowing the trees to fall into the roadway or onto passing cars. Route 611 is a busy corridor, particularly during Interstate 80 backups caused by tourists heading eastbound through the Delaware Water Gap Toll Plaza.

Wilson stated that a similar incident occurred some time back. He spent about three months contacting PennDOT, area utility companies, Pennsylvania State Police, and Senator Scavello's office before a crew finally came out. He was unsure who ordered their removal the first time around but remains hopeful that action will be taken much more swiftly this time.

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