Worst Storm in PECO History
PECO Crews Respond to Unprecedented Damage
Service Restored to More than 350,000 Customers
490,000 customers without power
PHILADELPHIA -- October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is causing wide-spread damage along the East Coast and locally
caused power interruptions to more than 850,000 PECO customers – making Sandy
the most damaging storm in company history. PECO has restored service to more
than 350,000 customers by Tuesday afternoon.
More than 3,000 employees and contractors are working around-the-clock to
repair this unprecedented damage and restore service to customers. Contractors
and workers from utilities as far away as Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Mississippi and PECO’s Chicago-based sister utility ComEd continue to work
along side PECO crews on this historic effort.
The company expects work could take up to a week to complete. This massive
restoration effort will continue 24/7, non-stop, until service can safely be
restored to all of our customers. During that time we urge customers to stay
safe and are extremely thankful to our local emergency responders who are
working tirelessly for all of us.
At 2 p.m. Tuesday, 490,000 customers are without service at this time.
*Bucks County = 180,000
*Chester County = 45,000
*Delaware County = 50,000
*Montgomery County = 145,000
*Philadelphia County = 65,000
*York County = 1,000
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
*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
*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.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary
of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and
494,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about
2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 82.1 billion cubic feet of natural
gas and 38.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2011. Founded in 1881,
PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate
citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous
arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community
programs and organizations.
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Liz Williamson, Communications
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