Hurricane Sandy caused an enormous amount of damage to the Northeast Monday night, leaving hundreds of thousands Pennsylvania residents without power. Three days after the storm there are still 527,125 residents without power in Pennsylvania. Power companies have been working around the clock trying to restore the power and as of Thursday morning, Orange and Rockland has restored power to 58,000 of their customers, with the help from 1,000 contractors from almost 20 other states. There are still 1,000 Orange and Rockland customers in Pike County without power. For those who still do not have power, Orange and Rockland said it may take up to 10 days from the storm’s end on Tuesday, with complete repairs and total service restoration possibly taking weeks. According to a press release from PPL Electric Utilities, more than half of the hundreds of thousands PPL customers who lost power, now have it. Still though, 197,000 PPL customers remain without power. PPL reported Wednesday that 8,447 Pike County customers remain without power, though 4,903 customers’ power has been restored. In Wayne County, Wednesday, there were 13,731 customers without electrical service. The biggest concentration remained on both sides of Lake Wallenpaupack. Dave Bonenberger, vice president of Distribution Operations for PPL said that more than 5,000 people aside from the 3,000 workers have been working on the restoration efforts. PPL is anticipating power restoration for 80 to 85 percent of affected customers by Friday night. There are utility workers from at least 10 different states, including PPL utilities in Kentucky. At this time, there are approximately 270 secondary roads and bridges closed, which PennDOT is evaluating and working on. Susan Carrol of Lake Ariel still did not have power Wednesday afternoon. Her property did not sustain any damage, but Carrol said, “All I need is a wood stove and coffee and I’m fine.” Arlene Current of Greeley said things are different without power, but she is getting along with the help of a small generator. Current said things “could be worse, I try to be optimistic” because a tree could have fallen on her house. Whereas Anita Harsche said not having power is “depressing and frustrating.” Harsche said she tried to have patience but now, “they’re out!” Understanding that PPL is doing the best they can, Harsche said the hardest part of the power outage is the food that is wasted. Being sensible of how others have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, Steve Guccini of Greentown said “well its inconvenient, but others have it worse,” referring to the damage to residents in New Jersey. With a similar outlook to the situation, Chuck Lockwood said not having power is “inconvenient” but he is “luckier than others.” Matthew Glotfelter of Milford only received minor wind damage to his home. He called the hurricane a “natural occurrence that can’t be helped because its Mother Nature.” He added, “how could I possibly complain, its only a few days of inconvenience in comparison to people in New Jersey.” Not upset with the situation, Tom Mitchell of Milford said he is getting a lot of rest. Owner of Milford Convenience Store, Ahmad Saleh said the power outage has been bad for business. Aside from the food waste, people are not shopping. Owner of Black Bear Cafe in Milford, Patrica Zuniga said she was prepared for Hurricane Sandy because of the power outage last year. Following last year’s outage, Zuniga bought a generator. She added that she cannot complain because she still has business.
For information from PPL call 1-800-DIAL-PPL or check pplelectric.com. For information on what is being done to restore power along with a list of locations where people can obtain free ice and water, check out www.pplelectric.com. For PPL customers who still have not reported outages, call 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) or report online at www.pplelectric.com. The outage web site is adapted for mobile phones.