Power Restoration Update

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There IS progress being made on power restoration for Upper Black Eddy, and as other areas get restored, even more crews are being freed up to come to deal with the mess on Lodi Hill Road and in the 1400 block of River Road.

The Lodi Hill Mess

If you look at this image, you can see there’s a cut in the woods where utility poles go:

These cuts are both through private property and, if we look at a topographic map, on really steep terrain:

 

That particular section happens to be a very important (to Upper Black Eddy) part of the electric system, because it both brings power into the area from NJ and it also distributes power back down the hill to much of Upper Black Eddy. Even the most basic work on that section is very difficult – you can’t simply drive a bucket truck up and get to work in there – you need bulldozers, ATV’s and even helicopters to bring in the material needed to complete repairs.

River Road Section

The other area that’s fairly well destroyed is along River Road.

Here’s a picture from yesterday, near Lodi Hill Road

What you’re seeing there is a combination of damages that repeats in 6 places between Lodi Hill and Berm Lane – transformers, poles and wires all down, and these are feeders into the area – and they require the Lodi Hill situation to be resolved before these sections can be energized.

Homes & Weatherheads

Finally, even when all service is restored, there may be individual homes without power.

Most of the time this is because of damage to the “weatherhead” – the part of your electric service connection that is on your house. This is the responsibility of the homeowner, and if it is damaged or missing, the utility will not re-connect the house.

Here’s a diagram explaining:

1: Power Lines to the structure – Utility responsibility.

2: Weatherhead device: Owner responsibility.

3: Service Entrance Cable: Owner responsibility.

4: Meter Housing: Owner responsibility.

5: Meter: Utility responsibility.

At this point, we can only ask that you try to be patient – the crews are literally doing all they can, as fast as they safely can. Consider that crews in our area have been working 16 hour shifts for 10 straight days – at this point, we don’t want to see a man leave a widow and children back home because they made a mistake here as a result of exhaustion.

 

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Comments

  • susan hollenbeck  On 05/11/2012 at 11:05 AM

    What is a weatherhead device? I have nothing over utility box that resembles that! How do we know if it is damaged?

    • Bridgeton Twp. EMA  On 05/11/2012 at 12:17 PM

      Give us a call 610-440-3316 and we will come take a look at your place for you.

    • Bridgeton Twp. EMA  On 05/11/2012 at 12:39 PM

      Susan –
      If you follow the wires from the pole to your house, the point where the wires first connect to your house is the “weatherhead”

      Here’s another picture of one. If you don’t have wires leading to your house because they are fed underground, you won’t have one of these. If the wires were pilled off your house by a falling tree or something, it’s highly likely that your weatherhead was pulled down too.


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