Some Tri-State residents still without power following snowstorm

November 02, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION and CALEB CALHOUN | and
  • Janet Taylor of Falls Church, Va., traveled to Maugansville Tuesday to help clear fallen tree limbs from a family member's house on Village Mill Drive. The limbs fell Saturday as a result of the heavy wet snow.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

The number of Tri-State customers without electrical power following last weekend's snowstorm had dwindled from the thousands to the hundreds by Wednesday afternoon, according to utility companies working on the outages.

More than 6,000 Tri-State residents were without power as of Monday afternoon and just over 1,700 as of late Tuesday afternoon. Workers have restored power to most of them, the utilities said.

In Washington County, 48 customers were without electricity as of 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, according to Potomac Edison.

Most of the others were in Hagerstown and Smithsburg, according to the utilitiy's outage management system.

In Frederick County, 48 customers were still without power, Potomac Edison said.

A Potomac Edison spokesman said earlier in the week that it could take until today to restore power to some Western Maryland customers.

In Franklin County, Pa., 13 customers were without power Wednesday afternoon, according to West Penn Power.

In West Virginia, 341 Potomac Edison customers in Berkeley County, 12 in Jefferson County and five in Morgan County were still without electricity early Wednesday afternoon, the utility reported. In Martinsburg, power to 341 customers was out due to a blown line fuse, according to the online management system. It was not immediately known if that outage was storm-related.

Sections of three Washington County roads that were closed Monday due to Saturday's snowstorm have since reopened, Diane Mongan, office manager for the Washington County Highway Department said Tuesday afternoon.

Stretches of Warner Hollow Road in Smithsburg, Hoffmaster Road in Knoxville and Edgemont Road in Smithsburg remained closed on Monday due to trees falling on power lines.

Of the three roads, Edgemont Road and Hoffmaster Road had reopened by Monday afternoon.

A traffic signal was also out Monday at the intersection of York Road and Halfway Boulevard, but that had been fixed.

County workers and Potomac Edison line workers continued fixing power lines and removing tree branches Tuesday.

Ed Plank, director for the Washington County Highway Department, said that workers would be removing tree limbs from the area for at least three to four weeks.

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