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PECO Makes Progress In Restoring Power After Last Week’s Ice Storm

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., (CBS) – PECO is making progress Monday night as their work continues to get power back on for those that lost it in last week’s ice storm.

PECO is currently reporting about 4,600 homes and businesses without power.

That’s down from above 10,000 earlier today.

More than half of all the outages are in Chester County.

Now, attention is shifting to our next winter storm.

“We were out for three and a half days, no power,” Ed Rainsford said. “It can’t get much worse than it was.”

Still in recovery mode are Ed Rainsford of King of Prussia and the Hoffmans from Malvern.

“It’s rough with just the one generator with a little bit of space.”

Then across the river in Southampton, New Jersey with the town’s salt supply running low.

“Rationing of the salt it’s become even more difficult,” Kathleen Hoffman, Southampton Township Administrator said.

The last thing anyone wants to hear on this night is news of yet another storm headed our way.

“I’m already dreading it,” a resident said.

“It’s just get up, dig your car out,” another resident said.

“You have to shovel, you shovel again,” another said.

Then there’s PECO with crews and contractors, some from as far away as Canada.

“This is a massive effort. We have more people working in the field than we did for Hurricane Sandy,” PECO spokesperson Ben Armstrong said.

Still working around the clock while preparing to battle the next round, possibly without the help of the 3,000 extra helpers brought in for the last round.

“Because they may have to go back to their utilities, to help support their relief efforts,” Armstrong said.

Still officials say their work here will continue until their mission is accomplished.

“We know our customers are frustrated and we’re as frustrated as they are. We’re trying to work through the biggest effort to restore service in our company’s history,” Armstrong said.

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