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'Beginning to Get Back to Normal' After Sandy

Bethlehem Area Schools to reopen today on regular schedule. More than 100 homes still lacking electricity. Mayor Callahan was among the last to have his power restored.

 

A week after Superstorm Sandy barreled through the Lehigh Valley with record winds and lots of damage, Bethlehem should begin to feel a lot closer to normal today.

Bethlehem Area Schools reopen today with a normal schedule. All 22 buildings had power again as of Sunday afternoon, according to the district’s Website.

As of Sunday night, there remained 109 Bethlehem homes and 25 Bethlehem Township homes without electricity, PPL reported.

The American Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania said it planned to close its regional storm shelter at Dieruff High School in East Allentown at 7 a.m. today.

Among the last of Bethlehem’s residents to have power restored was Mayor John Callahan, who tweeted that his family had electricity again at 8 p.m. Sunday.

“While I am thankful that we here in the LV are beginning to get back to normal, we still have people without power and dealing with damage,” the mayor added.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people that are still suffering in New Jersey and New York.”

PPL Electric reported that 99 percent of its customers left without power in the Sandy’s wake had electricity restored as of Sunday night. That includes every school and polling place for Tuesday’s general election.

The utility said it expected to complete all of the remaining restoration work today.

One piece of post-Sandy business remaining for Bethlehem police was pursuit of the owner of a Twitter account who was impersonating Bethlehem Area School Superintendent Joseph Roy on Sunday.

The impersonator tweeted that schools would still be closed today, briefly creating some confusion in cyberspace. Bethlehem police were not amused.

“We know this account is fake. The Superintendent would not use bad grammar twice in one tweet. Cease your actions,” said a message from the police twitter account.

Police tweeted to the real Roy that it wanted to talk to him regarding obtaining a search warrant so that charges could be filed against the impersonator.

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