The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 2, 2012

Electrical power could be restored across local region today

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY - Officials with PPL say that all Valley electric customers may have power restored by the end of the day today.

In the Central Susquehanna Valley, fewer than 300 electric customers remained without power this morning. That is down from 2,000 on Wednesday and the more than 6,000 homes and businesses in the region that were without power immediately after the hurricane roared through the region.

The utility has restored power to nearly 250,000 customers, and virtually all of the more than 66,000 affected customers in the utility’s Harrisburg and Lancaster regions have had power restored. About  166,547 customers remain out of service.

“We continue to make progress, and the more than 5,000 people supporting the restoration effort — including more than 3,000 workers in the field — have started to turn the tide,” said Dave Bonenberger, vice president of Distribution Operations for PPL Electric Utilities.

“It is time-consuming, labor-intensive work. We’re working around the clock and as hard as we can to get the lights back for everyone as soon as humanly possible. We still expect to have 80 to 85 percent of affected customers back in service by Friday night.”

Utility workers from at least 10 different states, including PPL Electric Utilities’ sister utilities in Kentucky, are supporting storm damage restoration.

The eastern part of the company’s service territory, which includes parts of Bucks and Montgomery counties, the Lehigh Valley and north into northeast Pennsylvania, should have customers restored by 11 p.m. Sunday.