Post-storm struggles: Mayor of Delaware Water Gap declares state of emergency for the borough


DELAWARE WATER GAP, MONROE COUNTY  (WBRE/WYOUTV)–The mayor of Delaware Water Gap has declared a state of emergency for the borough.

Many residents and businesses are still out of power after the storm, and the city was having issues with their well and pumps that keep the reservoir full. 

Mayo Larry Freshcorn told Eyewitness  News they are bringing in a generator from Wilkes-Barre that will help with power and allow the water pumps to run regularly. But even with Hope on the way, people in town are still feeling nervous about the whole situation. 

The aftermath of Friday’s Nor’easter seems unending for parts of Monroe County.
People in Delaware Water Gap are wondering when life will return to normal.

“They take their sweet time, they fix things when they feel like it,” resident Lynda Fox said.

Lynda Fox said the repercussions from the lack of heat have been the most severe…

“I have tons of animals that I foster and take care of. I mean, one little kitten died even though I wrapped him up,” Fox said. 

Other residents are holding on to optimism, trying to make the best of a bad situation.

“We’re all in the same boat. What’re you gonna get mad at? It’s Mother Nature and there’s nothing you can do about that.”

Take the Elwood family- during the storm, a tree came crashing down on their house.

“We were a little shocked, I mean a lot! aaahh! But it’s fine. It can all be fixed!”

And like they say, it took a village…

Thanks to those helping hands and a new backyard playground, this family is feeling positive, even during the borough’s tougher times. 

The town has also turned borough offices building into a shelter of sorts. It has a generator so people are invited to come in warm up and charge their phones and have a cup of coffee until the worst passes. 

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