Mystery sound in Upper Gwynedd puzzles residents

Posted on June 17, 2012

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UPPER GWYNEDD — Heidi Lucas says she is not sure when she started hearing the sounds. At first she would notice it at night, then quickly disregard it.

Last June, Lucas says the noise struck her as becoming more invasive. So she started keeping records of when it was audible.

“It started to become persistent and consistent,” said Lucas, who lives in the 600 block of Park Road in the West Point Village, Her house is about three roads away from Merck & Co. Inc.’s West Point plant.
On April 17, Lucas and her husband, Tim, appeared at the Upper Gwynedd Township Board of Commissioners workshop meeting to discuss the situation.
Exiting the township building at 1 Parkside Place, Lucas said she noticed the same sound, which she described as a loud roar with a mechanical vibration.
“The sound permeates the village,” she said.
Lucas said the noise, which reminds her of a jet engine or a large power washing system, has led her to drive through the township several times during the night searching for the source.
Following eight months of contact with state Rep. Kate Harper, R-63rd District, as well as individual meetings with township and Merck officials, Lucas called her appearance at the commissioners meeting a last resort.
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