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Manayunk—Back in Business, Power Restored

Hurricane Sandy mostly spared the usually hard-hit neighborhood.

After a weekend of worry, Main Street Manayunk breathed a sigh of relief and mostly got back to business Tuesday. Power returned to all of Main Street after an overnight outage, the Manayunk Development Corporation said.

Hurricane Sandy—the "catastrophic" storm that caused Mayor Michael Nutter to ask residents to evacuate Manayunk Sunday—brought wind and rain Monday and Tuesday to Main Street. However, the Schuylkill River stayed at a reasonable level and Manayunk never flooded.

Parts of Main Street—from Green Lane to Cotton Street—kept power throughout the storm. From Monday evening through mid-day Tuesday, Manayunk was dark through Shurs Lane.

Throughout the afternoon, electricity returned to Main Street.

"Hurricane Sandy has passed and thankfully, Manayunk did NOT flood & most shops and restaurants are OPEN with normal schedules!" read the Manayunk.com website.

"Main Street is completely accessible and power to all businesses has been restored."

Frank Keel, spokesman for the Manayunk Development Corporation, released the following statement.

"Despite the dire warnings and predictions issued Sunday and Monday by officials of the City of Philadelphia, the historic Manayunk community, including the Main Street retail corridor, never flooded, never closed and remains open for business today, Tuesday, October 30th. All roads in and out of Manayunk are passable and the Schuylkill River - which never crested - is already receding."

Many restaurants and businesses are open Tuesday night for dinner and normal activities. 

SEPTA restored services to buses throughout the region around noon Tuesday. Regional rail service is expected to return Wednesday.

Read our open-and-close list to see decisions made by Manayunk's merchants. 

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