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91,068 in Bucks County Remain Without Power

PECO reports it has restored power to more than 725,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

In the most recent PECO update, from Friday afternoon, PECO reports about 125,000 customers still without power:

  • Bucks County =  75,000
  • Montgomery County = 38,000 
  • Chester County = 5,500
  • Delaware County = 3,800
  • Philadelphia County = 2,700

“This is the worst damage I have ever seen,” said Pat O’Neil, a 25-year PECO veteran supervisor who has been working 16 hour shifts to restore service since the beginning of the storm. 

“Many of the areas we are working in had significant damage, including multiple downed trees and poles, downed wires, and damaged equipment.  In some of these areas, we need to completely rebuild the electric distribution system and supporting infrastructure to restore service to our customers.”

PPL reports 10,834 customers without power from Hilltown up through the northwest Bucks County, with about 2,000 customers out in Montgomery County.

Met Ed still has 5,234 customers out in northeast Bucks, from Tinicum up through Riegelsville.

PECO expects the remaining customers to be restored to power by Sunday. PPL is giving a similar time frame for completion.

According to the release, more than 4,600 PECO employees, contractors and workers (from as far away as Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, and PECO’s Chicago-based sister utility ComEd) have restored service to more than 725,000 of the 850,000 PECO customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  An additional 400 support personnel from Maryland and ComEd had joined the restoration effort Friday morning. 

Carol Robidoux November 03, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Just to clarify that I am 360 miles away in NH, which is why my dad's not at my house staying warm and eating home-cooked meals right now -- but my daughter is driving down this weekend to assist. My dad hasn't been living in his house since Monday (his 87th birthday, btw) - he's been staying with a friend and eating fast food. Certainly I am grateful that it was not worse, and being from NH I understand the challenges of dramatic storms. Just seems that November 6 for restoration is a long wait for anyone, and admittedly, the sense of helplessness I feel exacerbates my emotion. I'm not sweating the small stuff, just venting a little. Glad to have a place to vent.
Lara November 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM
What annoys me is that priority has been given to restore power to polling places after hospitals and nursing homes. People can walk to the polling place and fill out manual ballot instead. How do you expect people who have been without power for 5 days to get there when they are tired, hungry, cold, and just frustrated at this point in time. People not polling places should be the priority.
Disneygirl November 03, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Hate to tell you also but we have underground lines and rarely loose power however ours was also out until Wed afternoon
rose betz November 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
If you have gas and a newer hot water heater you have hot water, I do. If you have a gas stove you can cook, I can. The old phones work on land lines. A heat buddy propane indoor heater work just fine, so will a camp stove. Charge your cell in the car. Get a good radio an stock up on batteries, some good books some wine and wait for the next time. MEME
Sarah Larson November 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Jean, and anyone else in Doylestown Township: one of my friends who lives in Colonial Green said she call a call back from a PECO supervisor before noon today, who said that there is a problem with an underground transformer. No definitive estimate on when it is expected to be addressed. It's not very helpful, I know, but I'm sharing it in the absence of anything more concrete.
Kevin Budnick November 03, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Hey Pat..why doesnt Peco have an emergency priority list for people who rely on power for medical conditions??? We have. Juvinile diabetic who needs to refrigerate insulin. We were told by Peco that you dont have priority lists and you are like everyone else..on the list!!! Nice customer service you got there. You sure have no problem haunting customers when you want the bill paid though right?? My wife and I are now in hospital due to accident caused by drunk driver thursday night. We updated peco on our current situation today (saturday). Wife needs surgery and I have 3 fractured ribs. We also have 4 kids to take care of and was now td by peco our power is NOT going up today. Its delayed!!! This is unbelievable!! Thanks for the sympathy Peco!!! No emergency or priority lists. They would rather get up large grids of people so it looks good in the news rather than help isolated emergency customers.
Sarah Larson November 03, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Can you get out of your neighborhood? If so, here's info on the shelter: "the American Red Cross is operating an emergency shelter and warming station at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School at 6401 Mill Creek Road. This facility has showers. The shelter at the Bristol Township Community/Senior Center is now closed." I'm sure no one wants to go to a shelter - but if you're cold, you really need to. It's freezing out today. Please, please don't try to wait it out!
Julie Anderson Rossi November 03, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Still no power in New Britain on Evergreen after PECO reported to me restored! FALSE! Now saying equipment issues maybe tomorrow- please post if you know! Trying to find somewhere to bring my little girl- thanks
Tom Sofield November 03, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The shelter was closed within the past few hours. I'm working to find out more information on whether an additional shelter facility will be opened.
Jesseka Kadylak (Editor) November 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Just an FYI: If you need a place to take the pets, Sundance Kennels in Holland is open for business (all services) and the kennel had no damage, according to the manger.
Amy Gulden Parke November 03, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Julie, we are on East Butler/202 in New Britain Boro and are also still out. When the tree by the NB Baptist Church was removed we also got a call from PECO saying that we were restored but we are not. Numerous calls to PECO since then now with a restore time of 11 pm on 11/4. Since PECO thinks the whole area is basically back on though, I am losing hope as I am afraid they are going to keep trying to get large numbers of homes back on and save sporadic outages like ours for later. I hope you and your daughter have found a warm place. I am frustrated with PECO and the lack of communication from New Britain leadership, but still thankful the hurricane did not hit us as hard as New Jersey and New York. My heart goes out to those people.
Lisa C November 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
In our development, everything is underground -- but it comes in off the lines from Bridgetown Pike. And I think the sub-station on Bristol Rd. was damaged. We lost power for hours when it blew up a year or ago.
Sarah Larson November 04, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Julie and Amy, please contact me directly at sarah.larson@patch.com with your email address or working phone number and I will get you in touch with someone in New Britain.
Steve November 04, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Survival of the fittest people. I'm not a crazy woodsman, but it seems so many of us fail to think of all the things that "can happen". Did you buy or build a home with all electric heating but without a fireplace or generator hookup? Shame on you. Does your kid need refrigerated insulin, but yet you don't have backup power secured in the face of an impending hurricane? Shame on you. Do you have extremely large trees overhanging your house, or live in a flood prone area? No one told you to buy or build your house there, and its your lack of investigation that put you in this position, so shame on you. I mean really, we had two "dry runs" at this last year with Irene, and the Halloween snowstorm, and yet your not ready? You've made your bed and you know the rest.
Living the Bucks Life November 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
EXACTLY. People need to take responsibility for themselves! I didn't know PECO was supposed to keep tabs on all residents and their health issues. This kind of fits perfectly with the impending election issues. Time to take responsibility into our own hands. Stop relying on others for your livelihood.
sandy avidan November 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Wow..so many comments We cant control what mother nature does.we just have to rely on others to help each other.i feel sad for those who lost everything..but we are a spoiled country and expect everything done over night.we are all human and the repairs are being done asap by human man.please be patient...we all understand the tragedy out there...please be thankful for the ones who are helping and prayers to the ones that didnt survive..thank you...
Carol Robidoux November 04, 2012 at 03:35 PM
In an established community such as Levittown, where original residents have lived for close to 60 years without having lost power for 7 or more days before, there are a lot of Monday morning quarterback discussions to have. Tree trimming is one, and something that is under PECO's jurisdiction, where wires and transformers are involved: https://www.peco.com/CustomerService/ServiceRequest/TreesPowerlines/Pages/HazardTrees.aspx . The township, homeowners and PECO need to take a hard look at the trees that have been growing here for 60 years, trees that may be getting too big or too old to remain without posting this type of long-term outage when they exist near power lines, transformers and wires. It's a shared responsibility in a community like Levittown and should be addressed as such. PECO is responsible for trimming trees around wires. Would it help if there were some sort of evaluation process where homeowners could work with PECO and Bristol Township to participate in a trimming/cutting program that protects wires, home owners and public utilities?
don dunkin November 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
An editorial by and Editor of Patch
TMFCAQ November 04, 2012 at 03:59 PM
PECO'S estimates. (Had to go thru their clumsy phone system each time) 1.)October 31st, 11pm. 2.)November 1st, 10pm. 3.)November 3rd, 10pm. We got power back on November 3rd, 12pm. Thanks PECO for getting to us after changing estimates 3 times. Oh, last nite at 8pm I get a recorded call from PECO telling me that multiple problems can arise, and that they are working to restore power. (This call came 8 hours after the power was restored) PECO is on top of it. Lucky for PECO, Upper Makefield by now is back to soccer and BMW's, and content to be PECO's ugly duckling every single time.
TMFCAQ November 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Steve, great post. In the end, it's upto US to take care of ourselves. We don't hear that too much in our culture today. Better to be a Boy Scout and "Be Prepared"
Lara November 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Carol, thank you for this information. The neighbor whose 2 pines came down on the wires here in Wrightstown has more pines (over 50 years old and 1 is a dead tree) that could create more problems. In fact, the top of the dead tree snapped off earlier in the year and took out power. We still do not have power here and we are all electric township with no public water or sewer.
Susan M. Quinn November 04, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Kevin, where do you live? Can I help you? Susan Quinn
Vi November 04, 2012 at 05:47 PM
People should bear some responsibility. PECO is only allowed to trim but not remove trees. IMO those that have overgrown trees should b held accountable if their tree or trees cause havoc. I live in an area that Everytime a strong wind blows one of these trees knocks out power to my neighborhood. We don't even have overhead line. Because we r a very small community we are given very very low priority. We have tried for years talking to PECO and township reps to deaf ears. Last year we spent mega bucks for a generator. I'm thankful we could. I do feel for those that have undergone hardship during this storm. Hopefully some useful resolution will b generated from this past storm
BBH November 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
PECO spends about 26 million dollars a year trimming trees. Every circuit is trimmed every 5 years and the worst circuit are trimmed more often. PECO also looks for dead trees that may fall on the wires and removes them. The trees belong to the home owner not PECO. If you have trees that may fall on the wires then cut them down. They are your trees.
Sharpie November 04, 2012 at 07:35 PM
@FJC - it should also be illegal to block the patents for over 5,000 new energy technologies from transforming our world, and bringing us out of the 18th and 19th centuries. Let's make sure we are keeping a eye on everything that should be illegal. No one should be living in the 21 century w 18th century energy. Support new energy. http://www.newenergymovement.org/
charlie November 04, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I think we all have tons of admiration and respect for the utility crews who are working tirelessly to get our power restored. However, I have zero respect for the suits at first energy who cant tell me when my power is coming back on. Maybe some those suits need to stop thinking thinking like pr spokesmen and more like customer service reps! I am switching power, buying solar panels, geo thermal, what ever i can do. This is what we all get with deregulation!
William Young November 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I totally agree with Steve. To many people today don't want to take responsibility for themselves and their family. They want someone to take care of them. Needing refrigeration for medications should have been thought about or action should have been to resolve the problem; go to a shelter, go to a place with power (friend or relative) not everyone was without power. SOLVE the problem yourself, manup and use your head and take care of your family and stop whining!!!!!
Susan L Pulsinelli Persinko November 05, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Someone needs to acknowledge that it takes a lot to truly be prepared for severe weather..this was a serious storm of unpresidented epic proportion...so if some folks got caught with out resources "shame on you is not exactly what they need to here .I'm sure that my two familys I have who lives in long beach island would appreciate a "shame on you"Steve..along with 8 million others right now REALLY? Are you kidding me? SHAME ON YOU ! they have lived there for fifty years and never seen the likes of this so I guess millions of people are whiners wow compassion any one.? .I LIVE ON THE DELAWARE RIVER. AND HAVE ALL THE AMENITIES TO COPE...BUT THE MAJORITY COULD HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS COMING..STEVE...NO ONE IS EVER READY FOR MASSIVE FLOODS AND WIND LIKE THAT UNLESS YOU LIVE IN TORNADO ALLY I WANT TO THANK THE LINEMEN OUT IN THE COLD TIRED AND OVERWHELMED WHO HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO HELP US!!! IT'S A HARD JOB MY HUSBAND WAS A LINEMEN..DANGEROUS JOBS THANKS GUYS VERY GRATEFUL TOO YOU ALL...
Susan L Pulsinelli Persinko November 05, 2012 at 09:13 AM
OH AND I'M STILL WITH OUT POWER... AND NO COMPLAINTS...IT IS WHAT IT IS...YOU COULD BE HOMELESS... I HAVE BEEN IN FLOODS I KNOW FIRST HAND...
Susan L Pulsinelli Persinko November 06, 2012 at 04:22 AM
We have power thanks everyone !!!! From Riegelsville...pa

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