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Four Days Post-Sandy, Side Street Still a Mess

Much of the nearby borough of Fountain Hill and surrounding South Bethlehem neighborhoods remain without power in the wake of high winds that brought down utility poles and trees Monday night.

UPDATE: As of 1:30pm Friday, an Asplundh crew was working to remove the fallen tree from the south end of Uncas Street. The tree, which is tangled in utility lines, is resting on the roof of a house near the corner of Uncas and Delaware Avenue.

Tiny Uncas Street lies near the border between South Bethlehem and Fountain Hill.

A leafy lane lined with attractive townhomes, the thoroughfare that is far from isolated currently looks more like a war zone than a residential side street, with a massive fallen tree blocking one end of it near Delaware Avenue.

Four days after Superstorm Sandy struck the region Uncas Street remains closed to traffic, with nary a PPL truck or worker in site late Friday morning.

Meanwhile power is still out to the surrounding neighborhood, and much of the Borough of Fountain Hill.

PPL crews have already restored power to St. Luke's University Hospital.

Just a few blocks away, utility lines, pieces of pole and metal transformer parts litter the one block of Uncas that connects Delaware Avenue with Brighton Street, which leads to the hospital.

As of Friday morning many motorists headed east on Ostrum Street and away from St. Luke's were forced to turn around at the bright yellow barricades near the end of Uncas.

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