40,785 in Montgomery County Remain Without Power

PECO reports it has restored power to more than 725,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

In the most recent PECO update, from Friday afternoon, PECO reports about 125,000 customers still without power:

  • Montgomery County = 38,000 
  • Bucks County =  75,000
  • Chester County = 5,500
  • Delaware County = 3,800
  • Philadelphia County = 2,700

“This is the worst damage I have ever seen,” said Pat O’Neil, a 25-year PECO veteran supervisor who has been working 16-hour shifts to restore service since the beginning of the storm.  “Many of the areas we are working in had significant damage, including multiple downed trees and poles, downed wires, and damaged equipment.  In some of these areas, we need to completely rebuild the electric distribution system and supporting infrastructure to restore service to our customers.”

PPL reports 2,062 customers without power mostly in Upper Hanover, Franconia and Hatfield in Montgomery County.

Met Ed has 723 customers out in Montgomery, from Tinicum up through Riegelsville.

PECO expects the remaining customers to be restored to power by Sunday. PPL is giving a similar time frame for completion

According to the release, more than 4,600 PECO employees, contractors and workers (from as far away as Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, and PECO’s Chicago-based sister utility ComEd) have restored service to more than 725,000 of the 850,000 PECO customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  An additional 400 support personnel from Maryland and ComEd had joined the restoration effort Friday morning. 

Gilbert R Albright Jr November 03, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I live in Montco. Got my power a back after 3 days. Just met a PECO lineman at Wawa. Shook his hand and thanked him for getting my power back.
Ann Plantier November 03, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I'm so thankful to have my power back (got it Friday night). Thanks to all those lineman from Illinois who came all that way and worked tirelessly on the lines in my neighborhood.
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