Last updated: July 11. 2014 3:53PM - 1849 Views
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More than 13,800 UGI Utilities - Electric Division customers have had their service restored since restoration efforts began on July 8. But as of 3:30 p.m. today, about 995 UGI customers remain without power after high winds and rain ravaged parts of the area.

UGI spokesman Joe Swope said he expects those numbers to decrease drastically by tonight.

UGI crews are working side-by-side with contractor crews loaned from Northeast Utilities, FirstEnergy Corporation and PPL Electric Utilities to restore service to customers, Swope said in a news release.

Contractor firms assisting in the restoration include I.B. Abel from Pennsylvania, MTV Solutions and Riggs Distler from Connecticut, and J. Wm. Foley from New Jersey.

UGI expects 99 percent of customers affected by the outage to be restored to service by this evening. The widespread nature of the damage and the significant number of trees and wires down across the UGI service territory continue to impact restoration timeframes, Swope said.

UGI had joined with the American Red Cross – Northeast PA Region to provide a Cooling Station for affected customers at the Lehman Municipal Building, 1183 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. Customers can pick up ice and water, and recharge electronic devices at this location. In addition, shower facilities are available.

The cooling station will remain open during daytime hours as needed.

Customers experiencing an outage should contact UGI at 1-800-276-2722. UGI requests an outage report be made one time, so customer service representatives can address all customer calls as promptly as possible.

However, if a customer’s power is restored and power is lost again, the customer is asked to contact UGI to report this outage. For more information on the UGI Electric outage, visit www.ugi.com/outages.

The latest update from UGI at 3:31 p.m. lists the number of outages in each municipality:

Dallas: 46

Dallas Township: 42

Fairmount Township: 418

Franklin Township: 14

Harveys Lake: 15

Hunlock Township: 20

Huntington Township: 41

Jackson Township: 2

Kingston: 1

Kingston Township: 49

Lake Township: 31

Lehman Township: 87

Monroe Township (Wyoming County): 4

Noxen Township Wyoming County): 25

Plymouth: 1

Ross Township: 155

Union Township: 43

West Wyoming: 1

UGI Utilities – Electric Division serves 62,000 customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI’s Electric Division is available online at www.ugi.com.

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