By Mark Abrams

DRESHER, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett surveyed some of the damage to utility lines in Peco territory in Montgomery County today.

Corbett stopped at the Dreshertown Plaza, at Limekiln Pike near Dreshertown Road, to check on the progress of power restoration efforts.

Corbett praised Peco and crews from Mississippi Power, who were working to replace shredded utility poles and fix dangling power lines and damaged transformers.

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(A crew from Mississippi Power Co. prepares to replace a broken power pole and install a new transformer. Credit: Mark Abrams)


The governor also assured residents that power problems related to Hurricane Sandy will not interfere with next week’s general election.

“Peco has said every polling place for Tuesday’s election will have electricity, so that should not be an issue at all,” the governor said today.

Corbett says he asked his secretary of state, who oversees the elections, to get in touch with the election boards in the counties affected by Sandy, to determine their needs.

He says the chairman of the state’s Public Utility Commission will work with utilities to prioritize power restoration for polling places by next Tuesday.



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