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Power restored to most following Friday's storm

February 11, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - All but a few people in the Eastern Panhandle have had their power restored since last week's ice storm, said Allegheny Power spokesman Jay Johnson.

During the course of the storm Friday, 36,400 people throughout West Virginia were without power. Of those, 13,300 were in Berkeley and Jefferson counties while another 530 were in the Berkeley Springs, W.Va., area, Johnson said.

By Tuesday afternoon, only five or six customers remained without electricity. Johnson said that outage was caused when a tree fell on a power line.

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Considerably more people were without power on Monday, prompting crews to work until 1 or 2 a.m. Tuesday to restore electricity. At the height of the storm, 120 line workers, including contractors, worked around the clock to restore power, Johnson said.

"We managed to get through this with a lot of hard work," he said.

The storm hit Raleigh, Fayette and Greenbrier counties last Thursday. Power had been restored Monday to all but 27 American Electric Power customers, mainly in the Rainelle, W.Va., area, said AEP Spokesman Phil Moye.

"We had, at one point, more than 29,000 (homes without power)," said Moye. "Apparently, there's still a lot of ice and snow. Our linesmen were out there in that stuff, trying to make repairs."

Gov. Bob Wise declared a state of emergency for Berkeley, Fayette, Greenbrier, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Raleigh and Summers counties. The declaration allows state resources to be used to help recovery efforts.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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