Mayor's OEM Message
POWER OUTAGE UPDATE
AUGUST 7, 2020
As usual following an event like Tropical Storm Isaias, my responsibility as both Mayor and OEM Coordinator, and that of many borough officials and our emergency services is to be in constant contact with County and State officials and representatives from the JCP&L power company. It is a continual project of reporting outages, street closures and downed trees. There are critical infrastructure concerns that need to be monitored such as police communications, traffic signals and operation of water pumping stations. Prioritizing a response to needs from both the customer and provider sides are carefully considered on local, county and state-wide levels. When things do not move as quickly or smoothly as we anticipate, elected state representatives are contacted to lobby on our behalf. All of these actions have been being performed continually since before the storm hit us Tuesday afternoon.
As of today, the remaining damage in town to our power service includes 51 damaged locations along our service lines. There are 10 complete circuits which are affected. There remain 14 tree cutting requests that must be handled by the power company. Our total outages yesterday numbered over 2,600. As of late yesterday evening, approximately 500 of these have been restored.
As of my conversation with JCP&L this morning, crews were issued work orders for the following areas:
- Ryerson Road and Park Avenue including the side streets and the Beaverbrook Garden Apartments.
- Valley and South Valley Roads and the side streets
- Gettysburg Way and West Pinebrook.
You may see JCP&L or First Energy crews in any of these areas. Private electrical contractors are also being utilized to help restore power. In the Gettysburg/West Pinebrook area, Pike Energy has been dispatched to restore your service.
As crews from these areas and others throughout the county complete their assigned tasks additional dispatches will be made to the remaining areas of town which linger without power.
We will do our best to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Mayor David Runfeldt