Thousands of Delmarva customers without power as Stella’s ice, winds take toll

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Delmarva Power file photo via Facebook
Delmarva Power file photo via Facebook

Thousands remained without electricity on Wednesday as Delmarva Power, and other crews worked to restore power

The utility reported it had made progress in restoring power.

Approximately 88,000 customers— primarily in New Castle Count and Cecil County, MD—lost electricity in the aftermath of the storm, which hit the region with snow, sleet, freezing rain and strong winds gusting over 60 miles per hour. Damage largely consisted of downed trees and power lines, causing damage to the region’s electric system infrastructure.

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Delmarva Power and Exelon sister utilities PECO, ComEd, and Pepco have crews working around the clock on the restoration effort. Also, the utility has been working closely with the Red Cross and other community partners to help the remaining displaced customers.

“We have crews deployed throughout our service territory” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power Regional President, “Because we have the support of our Exelon sister utilities including PECO, ComEd, and Pepco, we’re able to respond more swiftly to restore our customers’ power.”

Delmarva Power has dispatched more than 1,450 employees and contractors. Damage assessment and restoration teams have been deployed and crews are actively working to restore power in affected areas

In addition to approximately 120 internal linemen, DPL has an additional 140 overhead line contractors and tree trimming personnel assisting in the restoration effort. Two hundred linemenare traveling from ComEd in Chicago. ComEd is part of Exelon, parent company of Delmarva.

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