DLC Crews Restore Power to More than 44,000 Customers; Company Increases Staffing to Restore Final 4,000 Following Severe Storm
-5 p.m. Update-
PITTSBURGH – More than 8,000 customers had their power restored today as Duquesne Light Company (DLC) crews continue to work around-the-clock to restore the final 4,000 customers.
Since yesterday’s early morning storm, which caused heavy damage to the region’s electric infrastructure, DLC has restored power to 44,000 customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties. To assist in the restoration process for the remaining customers, the company has increased staffing by 10 percent with more than 500 field personnel.
“Power outages are never convenient, especially during a pandemic when many customers are working from home, learning remotely and storing food in their refrigerators and freezers,” said Dave Johnson, Chief Customer Officer, Duquesne Light Company. “Our focus is on getting power restored as quickly and safely as possible so our customers can resume their normal, daily activities.”
- Total Customers Impacted: 48,145
- Total Customers Restored: 44,052 (Today - Over 8,000)
- Customers Currently Without Power: 4,093 (Allegheny County: 2,767 & Beaver County: 1,326)
- Damage: More than 500 downed wires & 50 broken poles
- Estimated System-Wide Restoration Time: Friday, April 10 at 3 p.m.
While crews are making significant progress, windy conditions are expected to continue throughout today and tomorrow, which may lead to additional outages and slow the restoration process. DLC reminds customers to stay clear of any poles and wires brought down by high winds. Please assume all downed wires are live and report them by calling 412-393-7000.
DLC’s priority is always to first address public safety hazards and ensure the reliability of the region’s critical facilities, such as hospitals and emergency dispatch centers, followed by addressing large neighborhood outages and individual homes.
For the safety of customers and employees during these challenging times, Duquesne Light reminds everyone to please keep their distance from crews as they work to safely restore power.