The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 1, 2014

Power restored to final 137 PPL customers

— SUNBURY — At least 25 PPL crews worked nonstop until electricity was restored to the remaining 137 customers who were left without power after an unexpected heavy snowstorm that brought down power lines Sunday.

On Tuesday morning in Northumberland County, 137 customers still were without power, but PPL spokeswoman Teri MacBride said crews restored their electricity by 5:30 p.m.

The majority of the customers without power were in Shamokin Township, where the number reached 484; Ralpho Township, 220; East Cameron Township, 104; and West Cameron Township, 79.

The freak snow and ice storm that knocked down trees and power lines in portions of eastern Northumberland County left more than 1,000 PPL customers without power through much of Monday.

Heavy rain squalls turned into narrow bands of heavy snow. MacBride said the biggest problem Sunday was with a transmitter line at the Augustaville substation, but crews restored power as fast as they could.

PPL called on crews from as far away as Harrisburg and Lancaster County to help out.

“One of the biggest problems were the trees that had fallen on secondary lines,” MacBride said.

She said PPL kept customers informed throughout the restoration process.

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