Utilities scrambling to restore power
PennsylvaniaA s utility regulator said Thursday that 451,000 customers were still without power as the south-central and Philadelphia regions worked to recover from a crippling ice storm.
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#1 Feb 9, 2014
I thought the crew from Warren, Ohio was exceptional. They worked hard to restore power in our area, they were very approachable and took time to explain everything, and they were extremely cordial. My hats off to a bunch of, I'm sure, very exhausted men.
#3 Feb 9, 2014
Working in the cold must suck for the utility crews and should be given compliments for a yeoman's job under such harsh circumstances.
BUT utility management fails as do many residents who fight, argue and cry about preventative maintenance tree trimming. No one is saying deforest the earth but which is more damaging to the environment: trimming trees or cutting tree down trees with hundreds of diesel and gas powered utility trucks in one area conducting repairs.
These profit making utilities/corporations/stock market listed companies have to conduct more preventative maintenance as well. It is not just the power companies. A lot of poles and lines are phone and cable tv property which start the cascade of events including downed power lines. I drive over too many roads where I see blocks of leaning poles, drooping lines, over grown trees all over those poles & lines. A lot of poles give out because they were old and in need of replacement years ago. Then the utilities come along and hang new lines on a leaning poles which adds more stress speeding up or making conditions ripe for catastrophe.
One side as well. Many utilities cause pot holes and sink holes with their collapsing manholes and underground conduit runs. The water company and phone company have dug up blocks of street at time over the last 5-10 years with those alledged resurfacing efforts cracking and collapsing adding to the pot hole problem. This also points out the problem of putting everything underground because it's much more time consuming and expensive to dig up a street to repair the utility problem AND the street itself. I've even read where the utility companies say it's quicker and cheaper to repair above ground problems.
Good Luck the utility crews out on the street and those without power.
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