Peco CEO Mike Innocenzo told the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee that 715,000 customers lost power — 40 percent of the Peco system and 70 percent of Peco customers in the suburbs — due to the February 5th ice storm.
This isn’t the first time Lower Merion has done a special pick-up of tree debris, but township officials say it will rival the Hurricane Sandy cleanup.
County officials are now urging businesses to apply for federal assistance through the county web site.
On the heels of historic ice storm that left many homeowners without power for nearly a week, Thursday’s storm is knocking out power for many customers in region.
Philadelphia streets commissioner David Perri says his crews would remain on the job for as long as the storm continues, and beyond.
But a Peco spokesman added, “We would not be charging customers for using energy while their service is interrupted,”
With at least six inches of snow forecast for a large part of the county and winds that could bring down power lines and trees, county commissioner Josh Shapiro is urging residents to sign up for “Ready Notify Pa.,” to get emergency alerts.
With plenty of winter storms already under our belts and another one on the way Wednesday night, rock salt and other snow-melting chemicals are very hard to find anywhere in the Delaware Valley.
Peco electrical crews are bracing for another winter whammy on Thursday. It is unclear whether workers will be available from other jurisdictions if needed.
“It’s a slow process,” notes Lower Makefield police chief Kenneth Coluzzi. “We still have a little over a hundred residents out of power.”
County commissioner Josh Shapiro says the electric utility’s leadership and its work staff have done an outstanding job, but he thinks more upfront investment may ease future events.
City councilman Jim Kenney has a long list of concerns about how the Streets Department uses salt during snowstorms. Topping the list is whether road salt poses serious health hazards to dogs or small children.
The cleanup continues, and a local tree expert says there is still a long way to go.
Everywhere you look, tree branches and fallen limbs litter the roadsides.
At a Sears appliance and hardware store in Norristown, Joe and Dorothy Barry were among shoppers awaiting a fresh shipment of