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Allegheny Power workers back from blizzard duty

February 03, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Allegheny Power workers back from blizzard duty

More than 150 Allegheny Power employees have returned from the northeastern United States after helping restore power in areas hit by severe ice storms.

The last 67 linemen and support workers returned Thursday night, said spokeswoman Midge Teahan. Forty-three of the employees who went to the Northeast were from Allegheny Power service centers in Williamsport, Martinsburg, W.Va., Waynesboro, Pa., and McConnellsburg, Pa., she said.

Ice storms in early January cut off power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in parts of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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Local crews worked in Syracuse, Lake Placid and Ogdensburg in New York since Jan. 8, Teahan said.

"They were working under very difficult conditions," Teahan said. Temperatures were below zero many days and some areas had six to eight inches of ice.

In some areas there every utility pole was down for miles, she said.

"They're back and they're safe and sound," Teahan said.

Allegheny Power dispatched crews after Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. in upstate New York issued a call for assistance. Allegheny Power will bill Mohawk for the work.

Utilities from as far away as Hawaii went to the Northeast to help restore power, Teahan said.

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