Tree knocks out power to retirement community

Both the Williamsport Home Apartments and facility’s skilled-nursing unit at 1900 Ravine Road in Loyalsock Township were forced to use their gas-powered back up generators for several hours after this tree fell on Ravine Road, south of the complex, about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The downed tree shut off power to the Williamsport Home as well as to several home in the neighborhood. PPL said at least 300 customers were without power. Access to and from the home was cut off to all vehicles until the tree could be removed. The tree could not be removed until PPL crews arrived and shut off power to the down line. The tree became entangled in cable and telephone lines as well. The downed tree also interrupted power for a few seconds to business in downtown Williamsport and tripped a fire alarm in a building at West Third and Government Place.