UPDATE UGI Electric Power Outage
Reading, PA Approximately 3,800 UGI Electric customers remain without power due to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irene. The storm caused the outage of five transmission feeders, which resulted in the extensive power outages throughout UGIs service area.
UGI has 15 crews made up of more than 100 field team members plus additional support staff working on restoring power to affected communities. UGI crews commenced efforts immediately after Hurricane Irene left the region and will continue efforts until all customers are returned to service. At the height of the outage, approximately 32,000 UGI customers were without service
Today, Wednesday, August 31, 2011 the Electric Division restoration teams will again continue to focus primarily on repairing the remaining primary feeders which will result in the restoration of the greatest amount of customers. Below is a list of communities that the teams will devote their repair crew resources to today:
Harveys Lake Area
Sunset Lake Road
UGI emphasizes that due to the extent of the outage, customers should be prepared to be without power for an extended period, possibly into early next week in the most difficult-to-reach areas. UGI crews are dealing with the same issues that confront communities across the East Coast: downed trees, standing water, and impassable roads. More than 3 million homes have lost electric power for some period of time in the aftermath of Irene. It could still take a substantial amount of time until power is restored to all customers.
The safety of our affected customers and communities is a top priority of UGI. UGI reminds customers and community members to always avoid downed power lines and stay away from any electrical equipment that is partially or totally submerged in water.
To report a power outage or in the event of an electrical emergency, customers are advised to contact UGI Electrics 24-hour emergency number, (800) 276-2722.
UGI Electric is a division of UGI Utilities, Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UGI Corporation, based in Valley Forge. Additional information about UGI Electric is available at www.ugi.com.
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