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Response to outage draws Munson's ire

County Commissioner John C. Munson said Allegheny Power wasn't trying hard enough to restore power to some Maugansville resident

County Commissioner John C. Munson said Allegheny Power wasn't trying hard enough to restore power to some Maugansville resident

July 21, 2006|by TARA REILLY

MAUGANSVILLE - Washington County Commissioner John C. Munson blasted Allegheny Power Wednesday night, saying the company wasn't trying hard enough restore power to Maugansville residents after Tuesday night's storms.

Allegheny Power restored service to roughly 1,000 Maugansville customers Thursday about 4 a.m., company spokeswoman Janice Lantz said.

Lantz said six poles had to be replaced as a result of Tuesday night's thunderstorms.

Many residents were without power for more than 24 hours, which Munson called unacceptable.

Lantz said crews worked all day Wednesday, and until "the wee hours of the morning" trying to get the power back on.

Allegheny Power spokesman Allen Staggers said three to six crews consisting of two people each worked to restore power. He said the old poles had to be taken down and the parts removed. Crews then put up the new poles.

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Lantz said the job takes about three to four hours per pole. She called it a substantial restoration effort.

Munson, who lives at the edge of Maugansville, had his power go out Tuesday night, but it came back on several hours later.

The Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. was running on a generator, the terminal at Hagerstown Regional Airport was without power and the owner of the Maugansville Creamery had to throw out thousands of dollars worth of ice cream, Munson said.

"We lost everything," Maugansville Creamery owner David Litten said Thursday.

Litten, who said the business was without power for 35 hours, said four generators were running in an effort to keep the ice cream cool, but everything melted, Litten said.

The business lost more than 200 tubs of ice cream, a loss of $6,000 to $7,000, he said.

"We've been cleaning up all day," Litten said.

Litten said Hershey's Ice Cream is delivering a large order of ice cream today, and he hopes to reopen by noon.

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