Fairmont, W.Va., July 6, 2012 — Mon Power has restored service to more than 255,000 of the nearly 320,000 customers affected by recent severe storms.
More than 6,200 FirstEnergy employees, contractors, and outside utility crewmembers — including 190 linemen arriving July 6 — are continuing restoration efforts for the nearly 65,000 customers who remain without service. The new crews are being deployed to some of the hardest-hit areas.
Originally, 280,000 Mon Power customers lost power from the July 1 storm. In addition, about 40,000 customers had their service disrupted in subsequent storm events, including a powerful thunderstorm.
The majority of affected Mon Power customers are expected to be restored by late July 8. However, because of the severe damage and accessibility challenges in many remote locations, some customers will not be fully restored until early next week.
Since the storms hit, FirstEnergy utility and contractor crews in West Virginia have encountered nearly 18,000 damage locations as a result of the storms. Crews also are responding to more than 11,500 hazard calls to clear downed wires and make the locations safe.
FirstEnergy customers in West Virginia who remain without power can receive one bag of ice and two gallons of water at no charge from participating stores as storm-restoration efforts continue. Over the past week, more than 22,500 bags of ice (about 450,000 pounds) and 20,000 gallons of water have been distributed across the state as part of the program.
Mon Power serves nearly 390,000 customers in West Virginia.