Abington Township Manager Michael LeFevre said earlier this afternoon that while PECO crews are working to restore power to Abington residents, the number of people without power is higher than yesterday.
LeFevre said that about 20,000 people were without power yesterday; that number was down to 13,700 this morning, but crept up to about 15,000 people this afternoon. It’s likely due to additional tree debris falling on power lines, he said.
Crews were working to first clear roads near the hospitals, schools and fire companies.
“And if there’s an outage that affects 200 people, and there is an outage that affects 50 people, crews will fix the larger outage first,” LeFevre said.
LeFevre suggested that residents call PECO if they don’t have power — it may sound obvious, but he said not to count on the fact that your neighbors may have already called.
LeFevre asked for people to be patient, and added that the Abington YMCA is offering refuge for those without power.
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Abington Board of Commissioners President Carol DiJoseph said earlier today that power outages across the township are “spotty.” She added that she has power in her Glenside home.
“The power grids are weird, as they were not built at one time,” DiJoseph said. “They aren’t perfect squares. One side of the neighborhood might have power, the other side might not.”
Abington Public Works Director Ed Micciolo understands this, DiJoseph said.
“He’s working directly with PECO, and PECO is working with all township personnel to get power restored.”