PIKE/MONROE - State Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-189) issued an update on the impact of the May 15th storm that brought significant damage to local utilities. Her district includes Delaware, Porter and Lehman townships in southern Pike County as well seven municipalities in Monroe County.

“I would like to thank the people of the district for your strength and for working together to help friends, family and neighbors during the difficult past week,” she said in her report.

This the latest update she received as of May 18, from Met-Ed regarding storm damage and power outages in our region.

“We are now more than 72 hours into this event and Met-Ed is fully and actively engaged in the restoration of distribution/customer outages. Met-Ed currently has 1,700 employees and contractors engaged in restoration work in Pike, Monroe and Northampton counties.

“Tuesday’s severe storms led to outages for about 60,000 Met-Ed customers. As of 11 am today, – almost 72 hours into this event, service was restored to more than 54,00 of those customers. There are still 6,000 Met-Ed customers out of service and they are determined to get them back in service as quickly as their safe work practices allow. It is critical that restoration is completed with work safety for all employees, the public and Met-Ed customers.

Of the customers remaining out of service, 2,324 are in Pike County. In Monroe County, there are 3,260 customers remaining out of service – many of these customers are due to significant damage near one of our major substations in Smithfield Township. Met-Ed is addressing these outages with about 1,160 workers.

“This is labor-intensive, time-consuming work,” she noted.

The restoration plan called for the majority of Met-Ed customers in Pike and Monroe counties to have service restored by late Friday night, with some customers – where damage is significant – restored Saturday, May 20.

“Met-Ed is committed to restoring service to those customers as quickly and safely as possible,” Brown related.

Met-Ed reminds customers to immediately report downed wires to their utility at 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877), or to their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed wire, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.

After local power lines are repaired and put back in service, damage to individual customer service wires may become apparent. Customers are reminded that if their neighbor's power is on and theirs is not, the problem may be isolated to their individual service, and service to the neighbor could be fed from a different circuit. Customers are encouraged to report such problems, even at this latter stage in the restoration process.