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Storm interrupts service to about 600 Allegheny Power customers

July 29, 2005|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY

tarar@herald-mail.com

About 600 Allegheny Power customers in Washington County were without power after Wednesday's thunderstorm, but all were expected to have their electricity back on sometime Thursday afternoon.

Allen Staggers, manager of communications for Allegheny Power, said Thursday that the winds from the storm downed some power lines, leaving customers scattered throughout the county without power.

As of about 3 p.m. Thursday, all but 21 customers had power restored. Those customers were expected to have their power back on sometime Thursday afternoon, he said.

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"All parts of the county got hit a little bit," Staggers said.

Many of those without power were in the Boonsboro area. About 250 customers from that area went without electricity from just before 5 p.m. until about 9 p.m. Wednesday, Staggers said.

Other areas with power outages included Hagerstown, Williamsport, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg and Fairplay.

Nick Crabtree, who lives on Scott Hill Drive off Jefferson Boulevard, said he was without power from after 4 p.m. on Wednesday until mid-afternoon on Thursday.

He said that area received some storm damage, and that a few large trees were down in his backyard.

"There's some pretty good devastation," Crabtree said.

Diane Mongan, administrative assistant for the Washington County Highway Department, said Wednesday's storm wasn't a big deal for county crews.

"It didn't cause us any problems at all," Mongan said. "We had no trees down, no wires down, no roads closed."

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