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PECO Crews Restore Service To More Than 725,000 Affected By Hurricane Sandy

First sentence above second set of bullets should read: At Noon, on Friday about 125,000 customers remain without service. (sted At Noon, on Tuesday about 125,000 customers remain without service.)

The corrected release reads:

PECO CREWS RESTORE SERVICE TO MORE THAN 725,000 AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Service to be restored to nearly all customers by end of weekend

More than 4,600 PECO employees, contractors and workers (from as far away as Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, and PECO’s Chicago-based sister utility ComEd) have restored service to more than 725,000 of the 850,000 PECO customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy. An additional 400 support personnel from Maryland and ComEd joined the restoration effort this morning.

PECO expects service to be restored to about 90 percent of the customers impacted by the storm by tonight, with most of the remaining customers to be restored by Sunday. Service for a small number of customers, with the most isolated damage, should be restored early next week.

“This is the worst damage I have ever seen,” said Pat O’Neil, a 25-year PECO veteran supervisor who has been working 16 hour shifts to restore service since the beginning of the storm. “Many of the areas we are working in had significant damage, including multiple downed trees and poles, downed wires, and damaged equipment. In some of these areas, we need to completely rebuild the electric distribution system and supporting infrastructure to restore service to our customers.”

Hurricane Sandy left nearly 9 million customers without power in 15 U.S. states according to the Department of Energy. More than 4 million customers remain without service along the East Coast, with hundreds of thousands without power in neighboring states. The most damaging storm in PECO history, Sandy brought nearly 6 inches of torrential rains and more than 36 hours of winds gusting to more than 85 mph in Southeastern, Pennsylvania.

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