N.E. Phila. residents deal with Sandy damage

A tree leans onto a house in Northeast Philadelphia in Sandy's aftermath. Homeowner Sol Rosen says in nearly four decades, he's never had a tree fall near his home. (Morgan Zalot / Staff)
A tree leans onto a house in Northeast Philadelphia in Sandy's aftermath. Homeowner Sol Rosen says in nearly four decades, he's never had a tree fall near his home. (Morgan Zalot / Staff)
Posted: October 31, 2012

Throughout parts of Northeast Philadelphia, the havoc Sandy wrought was evident, with trees taller than houses down throughout Rhawnhurst, Bustleton and Somerton and tangled power lines hanging lifeless in some places.

In Somerton, Sol Rosen sat in his kitchen watching CNN coverage of the storm's damage to the Shore and dealt with the damage to his own home - a roughly 30-foot tree that collapsed onto his house Monday night.

"I thought it was thunder outside, then all of a sudden, I went to close the blinds and saw people taking pictures outside," Rosen said, adding that he built his Verree Road home nearly four decades ago. "I opened the door and saw."

Rosen said it was difficult to tell the extent of the damage to the house with the tree still leaning against it, but that no windows had been broken yet.

Rosen, his wife who is on hospice, and his cousin were home when the tree fell.

"That tree is 38 years old. It's been here since we built the house," the man said.

Around noon Tuesday, in the neighboring Rhawnhurst neighborhood, PECO and Asplundh crews worked to clean up a massive downed tree that took power lines with it on Solly Avenue near Castor. The surrounding neighborhood there lost power late Monday night, but service in most areas nearby appeared to be restored by Tuesday afternoon.

Around the rest of the far Northeast, most major roads were clear by Tuesday afternoon, but downed trees cordoned off with yellow tape blocked side streets and sidewalks in many areas.

Contact Morgan Zalot at zalotm@phillynews.com or 215-854-5928. Follow her on Twitter @morganzalot. Read her blog at PhillyConfidential.com.

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