More Than 400,000 Still Without Power

PECO says many will be without power through Sunday.

There is still a risk that more trees could come down. (Patch file photo)
There is still a risk that more trees could come down. (Patch file photo)
More than 400,000 people in the region still are without power, and many will remain without power through the weekend.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, about 410,000 customers were without power, PECO said, down from a high of more than 623,000 Wednesday evening.

The current outages break down like this, according to PECO:
  • Bucks County = 103,000
  • Chester County = 122,000
  • Delaware County = 42,000
  • Montgomery County = 130,000
  • Philadelphia County = 9,300
Early Thursday morning, some communities were 100 percent without power, PECO said.

In a notice to customers on its website, PECO wrote that it hoped to restore power to a majority of its customers by Friday night, but warned that many will be without power through Sunday.

PECO is not letting customers know which restoration group they are in. Calling the company's customer service number yields an automated message acknowledging the power outage, but telling customers that no timeline for restoration is available.

PECO has brought in outside contractors, it said, and more than 3,500 people are working to restore service.

You can report an outage to PECO by calling 1-800-841-4141.
John Hayden February 06, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Antonelli Institute is blessed to be open for classes, with power! Lights are on and heat is on. Members of the community without power or heat are welcome to stop in and warm up. We are located at 300 Montgomery Avenue, Erdenheim, PA 19038 Class hours are M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm. Stay warm and safe! John Hayden, President
Sarah Armstrong February 06, 2014 at 07:00 PM
If you are leaving your home to seek warm shelter, review recommendations regarding leaving faucets on "drip" to prevent frozen pipes.
TedC February 06, 2014 at 08:55 PM
Yeah, peco will not answer the Press 3 for live wire alert. Spent more than 1.5 hours on hold without talking to anyone. Add to that, I got pulled over for driving over cones blocking the road to my house, and I say Radnor is doing a great job letting folks know what the hell is going on and how to navigate a closed road. ... FAIL Radnor.... again 2x in 3 years.
TedC February 06, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Guess I'm going to actually have to speak to our commissions and show up at township meetings because things need to change in Radnor... they need to change now.
Maureen McSloy Konen February 06, 2014 at 10:31 PM
I am NOT a Political Person....BUT..... Bye Bye Tom Corbett, The President of the United States acted FASTER than you, in issuing a STATE OF EMERGENCY for PA BEFORE YOU!!! You CAN'T take care of Pennsylvania and THE PRESIDENT has to do YOUR JOB... YOU ARE D...O...N...E......DONE!!! Corbett, You went to BLUE BELL??? when the hardest hit was Willow Grove, Hatboro, Horsham, Warminster, Abington, Jenkintown and Ambler????..SERIOUSLY???? Not to mention...Corbett,YOU didn't take the PA turnpike to get there?? You needed to fly there? We had NOTHING and YOU had it ALL. Hope the people in the above communities REMEMBER this when THEY have to VOTE in the Upcoming Election!!
John Q. Public February 07, 2014 at 04:52 AM
Non-political person, BHO's disaster declaration was in response to PA's disaster declaration. That's how it is suppose to work. The gov WAS first, and the prez did confirm. The turnpike was reportedly closed for a down tree, but I suppose he could have waited to visit you until they cleared it. SERIOUSLY, get your facts straight before going all political on us.
dwayne roberson February 07, 2014 at 07:03 AM
She's not political...BUT... .. .
Boot Road Resident February 07, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Outages over 2 hours in the past 5 years 10+ multiple day outages 3. Number of times FIOS has been out in the same time period 0. Number of times a friend who lives in philadelphia has been out in the same time period 0. Now I am being forced to buy a generator to compensate for the lack of dependable electricity delivery. But yet people defend PECO and blame it on Mother Nature. By the way I live 20 minutes outside of the 4th largest city in the country not Central America
dwayne roberson February 07, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Penn's Woods
Gina TB February 07, 2014 at 07:57 AM
by law the federal government cannot come into a state without the state asking for help first. just like what happened during Katrina and Sandy the state has to ask for help. it was designed that way so that they would preserve states rights first and then the federal government
Gina TB February 07, 2014 at 07:59 AM
everyone should thank all of the linesmen and tree cutters and everybody that's out there in this weather all day 12 to 24 hours a day trying to clean everything up they're doing an amazing job with the huge task at hand
John Child February 07, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Remind us to get a wood burning stove. -- Radnor Frontier Family in the wilds of Garrett Hill.
TF February 07, 2014 at 11:06 AM
I was getting no real information on outage info using the automated line. If you can get access to a computer, when you login to your PECO account online you get detailed outage information with restoration times and outage maps with current stats. 11pm tonight is what is says for us in Holland. I applaud the crews out there I know they are working hard. I saw a bunch of out of state utility truck convoys coming into PA this morning. Ice really sucks.
Grace Mengel February 07, 2014 at 06:02 PM
If PECO would do it's job and maintain the tree branches this would not happen. They also should start burying lines to prevent this kind of disaster. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
John Hayden February 07, 2014 at 07:30 PM
While I agree that much of this might be prevented if trees were maintained and I know I am guilty of not always maintaining mine, I mean no disrespect but, why is it PECO's job to maintain property owner's trees? Is that not the property owner's responsibility?
Suzanne February 08, 2014 at 02:36 PM
During his Wednesday visit to Blue Bell the governor was asked about burying the power lines. His answer: that's a question for another time. No, Mr. Corbett, the best time to discuss this is when we have right in front of us the disaster that could have been avoided if PECO would better serve it's customers by burying the power lines. Here's a thought: why not pass a law requiring utilities in PA to bury 5% of their above-ground power lines each year? It would take 20 years to get the job done, but each year would see fewer customers without heat, lights, medical equipment, working stoves, hot water, telephones, etc. in the aftermath of a severe weather event. I sincerely hope that this disaster has cost PECO millions. Perhaps that will motivate them to do the right thing and begin to bury all above-ground power lines. It doesn't seem that they are motivated by the loss of life, injuries, loss of income, added expense, and suffering caused by their intransigence.
paul cushing February 08, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Crews came from Indiana to repair lines in Delaware county. PECO needs to do a much better job communicating with local communities. County wide data is meaningless. 80% of customers in Newtown Square were without power yet total county numbers were low in comparison to other counties. PECO could send out community relations people to explain the scope of the damage and the order of repair. Then people might understand better why their neighbors have power and they don't. They say they tackle the hardest hit areas first yet small numbers of outages in Delaware county were corrected before Newtown Square or Broomall or Radnor were addressed. There may be a rationale for the approach but what happened flies in the face of PECO's statements. Big FAIL on PECO's part.
paul cushing February 08, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Natural disaster declarations are initiated by governors based on 'windshield surveys' (drive around and assess damage) by local emergency management officials. Feds approve governors requests. WH did act quickly. Blue Bell visit was classic photo op. Hopefully the Gov didn't get in the way of the people doing the hard work of repair and recovery.
Josh February 11, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Bury lines and finance at historic low rates via bond offering ... Why no? Why yes? We all vote to bury lines.... LM has the $$, ability to raise the $$, and knowledge on obtaining assistance .... This should be an election item .....
Suzanne February 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Josh, why should taxpayers pay to repair and upgrade PECO's equipment? It should be part of their planned operating expenses. Any business owner knows that he/she is responsible for the costs associated with infrastructure maintenance, upgrades, and repairs necessary to the business they own. PECO makes plenty from their customers. Let them invest in their own business and leave taxpayers out of it. Corporate welfare shouldn't even be on the table. And while we're on the topic of responsibility lets talk about tree maintenance. Any tree on private property should be properly maintained by the property owner. If you can't trim your trees call an arborist. Be careful where you plant young trees so that there is no danger that, as the tree grows, it will overhang or entangle power lines. How many trees on private property caused power outages in this storm, resulting in misery for neighbors and millions of dollars in cleanup costs not just to PECO but to local governments? We've all been through the ringer. Let's get something good out of our misery. Let's not forget about this issue after the storms have passed and we have gone back to our normal routine.
Josh February 13, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Suzanne, no disrespect but the response of yours is poorly written and simply political, and noted. Thus, clearly you have no understanding of our long existing private/public laws concerning public utilities, as it relates to our communities, our power grids past present and future, nor any related rules. I appreciate the sentiment, however. It would not be the utility that could possibly undergo such an enormous public works project, for it would bankrupt them. These are public works projects universally funded by such financial instruments as municipal bonds, worldwide. As to trees: do you own a property with many trees? I do. Do you know how much it costs to simply remove one branch? I do- up to $3,000 if it happens to need removal and is not a simple little trimming you describe. One large limb. Trees have cost my family tens of thousands of dollars, it is not a simple task. Insurance will not pay a claim if proper tree maintenance is not performed. Therefore us property owners understand tree work very well... Do you? Are your trees trimmed appropriately? At what cost? Lastly- it is PECO who contracts to have all tree work performed within about five feet of their power lines via laws of domain- they own our property where the power lines are that you so hatefully talk about. It is their responsibility and they do perform this duty daily. I saved the last part of your ignorance for the last part of my post. Why do you hate tree owners? Silly! Honestly, I don't like to pick an argument but please do educate yourself prior to an ignorant political rant at someone who had no intention for such a response nor wrote a post that warrants such an ignorant scalding. Shovel, time to shovel. Wouldn't want to get a fine now. How come my driveway is not plowed equally by the township plow? That's what I want to know. I pay a lot of taxes, so shovel my driveway - gee whiz!
Suzanne February 13, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Josh, thanks for your post. You're correct that I'm not an attorney and I wasn't aware of the the laws governing PECO's responsibilities, right of way, etc. As for trees, yes, we do have trees on our property. Since we bought our house my husband, a tree enthusiast, has carefully nurtured our trees from the sapling stage. He has placed them strategically on our property to provide shade and avoid any harmful issues. Through the years he has shaped and trimmed them as they grew so that they wouldn't cause any danger or inconvenience. Ironically, in our case our trees couldn't possibly pose a danger to power lines because our lines are underground. Yes, I do know how much it costs to have an arborist care for trees. That's why we thought ahead and cared for our trees through their life cycle. Regarding your disclaimer at the beginning of your post you needn't have bothered. Clearly you did intend disrespect ( hatefully talk about, your ignorance, ignorant political rant, ignorant scalding), likely because you took my post to be a personal attack instead of simply an expression of my opinion. Your use of the pejorative "political" was an assumption on your part as you have no idea what my political beliefs are. As to your contention that my post was poorly written well, people always accuse others of their own most glaring faults. You appear to need a refresher course in sentence construction and composition. Lastly, I remind you that ad hominem attacks are always a poor substitute for rational thought. If you had simply stated your case without resorting to insults and suppositions I would have had more respect for your opinions. I'm always willing to learn. But it's difficult to learn when information is mixed with unkindness and disrespect.
Josh February 13, 2014 at 06:32 PM
I said election, you said taxes, that's political. Otherwise I'm not here to fight and am sorry you feel so strongly. Now we both know.


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