DLC Crews Restore Power to Nearly 39,000 Customers; Early Morning Winds Knock Additional 5,000 Out-of-Service
April 9, 2020
PITTSBURGH – In an effort to restore power safely and quickly for customers affected by yesterday morning’s damaging storm and today’s strong winds, over 500 Duquesne Light Company (DLC) field personnel are working today to restore power to the approximately 7,300 customers remaining without power. Crews have already restored power to approximately 39,000 customers in Allegheny and Beaver counties.
“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 safety as possible so our customers can resume their normal, daily activities.”
- Customers out at peak: nearly 38,000
- Customers restored: 39,000
- Additional outages from overnight winds: more than 5,000 in North Hills
- Customers currently out of power: 7,300 (Allegheny County: 6,200 & Beaver County: 1,100)
- Field personnel working: 500
- Downed lines: more than 500
- Broken poles: 50
- Cases of trouble: 1,200
- Damage assessed: over 90%
- Estimated total restoration time: 3 p.m., Friday, April 10
While crews are making significant progress, windy conditions are expected 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.