PHOTOS: Winter storm brings down trees, wires in Phoenixville

Tuesday night’s winter storm wreaked havoc on the region, bringing ice that downed tree limbs and wires and left hundreds of thousands without power.

More than 80 percent of Chester County residents were without power by 2 p.m. Wednesday. PECO reported more than 178,000 customers in Chester County and 183,000 in Montgomery County were without power. In total, the utility was working on restoring power to 623,000 people.

In Phoenixville, a large tree collpased on Starr Street near Church Street, bringing down wires there. The tree was not far from where another tree had fallen on the wires during Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. Another huge tree was uprooted on Anderson Avenue.

Road conditions in Spring City prompted the closure of multiple roads, including the entirety of Wall and Washington streets, Pikeland Avenue between Cedar and Wall streets and South Main Street between Gay Street and Hunsberger Road, according to Spring City Police Chief Anthony Kuklinski.

Ice was still a problem on some area roadways as late as Thursday morning. PECO reported that more than 423,000 customers were still without power early Thursday morning, but utility crews were working around the clock to restore power.

A shelter was set up at Barkley Elementary School in Phoenixville Thursday for those still without power. Cots were set up in the gymnasium and local volunteers served food to those who came.

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