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Downed line leaves 4,135 customers in the dark

December 09, 2002|By DAVE McMILLION

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Allegheny Power officials say 4,135 of their customers in Berkeley and Morgan counties lost service for up to 16 hours Saturday after a primary line went down near an elementary school in Morgan County.

The service was cut as temperatures hovered between 8 and 10 degrees Saturday morning, said fire officials, who did not receive any reports of anyone having problems as a result of the power interruption.

Allegheny Power officials began getting calls about the downed line near Pleasant View Elementary School about 5:30 a.m., said Guy Fletcher, spokesman for the power company.

Allegheny crews worked throughout the day to make repairs to the system, Fletcher said.

There was other equipment damage when some fuses in the system blew, Fletcher said.

It was 9 p.m. Saturday before some customers had their service restored, he said.

Fletcher said cold temperatures may have caused the line to snap.

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Pleasant View Elementary School is on W.Va. 9 near the Berkeley/Morgan County line.

Fletcher said he could not say where all the affected customers lived, although they would have been generally in the Hedgesville area extending into Morgan County.

It appeared many of the Berkeley County customers affected lived in the Tomahawk area, said Bob Wise, rescue chief for the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.

Wise said he did not know of anyone having any power-related emergencies.

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