February 6, 2014
Yesterday's (Feb. 5) ice and snow storm now ranks as the second most devastating storm in PECO's history, behind only Hurricane Sandy. Service was interrupted to approximately 650,000 customers during the storm that brought down countless trees and power lines. Hurricane Sandy interrupted service to 850,000 customers.
More than 3,500 PECO employees, contractors and workers from utilities as far away as Arkansas, New Brunswick, Canada, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio and PECO's Chicago-based sister utility ComEd, will work around-the-clock to repair damage and restore service to customers as part of this monumental effort.
As of 4 a.m., Thursday, approximately 443,000 customers remain without service. Specifically,
- Bucks County = 113,000
- Chester County = 133,000
- Delaware County = 46,000
- Montgomery County = 138,000
- Philadelphia County = 10,000
- York County = 3,000
Based on the current conditions and the damage the entire region experienced, we believe service for a majority of customers will be restored by Friday night. Customers in more heavily damaged areas will be without service through Sunday.
'PECO is making progress restoring power following this devastating storm thanks to the hard work and dedication of our crews and supplemental field forces,' said J. Earl Coffman, PECO director of Emergency Response. 'We will work as quickly and safely as possible to restore service to customers as soon as we can.'
Customers who experience an outage or issue with their natural gas service should call the company immediately at 1-800-841-4141. The more customers who call to report an outage, the more effectively PECO can dispatch crews and restore service. Customers also can report or view the status of an electric outage at www.peco.com or by using PECO Smart Mobile On-the-Go, the company's mobile enhanced website.
PECO urges customers to stay safe and always stay away from any storm damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that may come into contact with power lines. Always consider that downed electrical wires are energized and report them to the company immediately. Customers should check on their neighbors, family and friends, and assist the elderly and those with special needs.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.
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