PECO released an update earlier today stating that the widespead damage of Hurricane Sandy along the East Coast caused power interruptions to more than 850,000 PECO Customers -more than any other storm in company history - and expects the recovery effort to take up to one week.
The company has restored service to more than 350,000 customers as of Tuesday afternoon, with more than 3,000 employees and contractors working around the clock.
As of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 490,000 customers are without power throughout the region - 145,000 of them are from Montgomery County.
In the six Perkiomen Valley municipalities, between 3700 and 7100 customers are without power, out of 14,100 customers in the area, according to the most recent PECO outage map.
Local governmental officials have said that PECO crews are working with emergency services to clear up the issues and restore power as quickly as possible
Here is the outage breakdown in the Perkiomen Valley:
Collegeville Borough - Less than 500 out of 1,700 customers have lost power
Lower Frederick Township- Between 1,500 and 2,100 out of 2,100 customers ave lost power
Schwenksville Borough - Less than 500 out of 600 customers have lost power
Skippack Township - Between 1,500 and 3,500 out of 4,600 customers have lost power
Trappe Borough - Less than 500 out of 1,800 customers have lost power
Perkiomen Township - Between 500 and 1,500 out of 3,300 customers have lost power
PECO included tips for customers without power in the update:
PECO urges customers to stay safe! Stay away from downed wires, damaged electric equipment and tree limbs or branches contacting electrical equipment. Always assume PECO’s equipment is energized – even if there is an outage in your neighborhood. Report these dangerous conditions to PECO immediately.
Customers experiencing a power outage are reminded to:
• Contact the company at 1-800-841-4141. The more customers who call to report an outage, the more effectively PECO can dispatch crews and restore service.
• Turn off and unplug appliances and other devices to prevent possible damage. Remember to keep one light on so you will know when service has been restored.
• Customers with generators should never connect them directly to home wiring or plug them into household outlets. Generators connected to home wiring can ‘backfeed” into PECO’s electric delivery system, risking serious injury or death to PECO crews. Generators should always be placed outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.