Reading, PA (August 30, 2011) – Approximately 5,200 UGI Electric customers remain without power due to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irene. The storm caused the outage of five transmission feeders, which resulted in the extensive power outages throughout UGI’s service area. UGI has 15 crews plus various support staff working on restoring power to affected communities. UGI crews commenced efforts immediately after Hurricane Irene left the region and will continue efforts until all customers are returned to service. UGI would like to emphasize that due to the extent of the outage, customers should be prepared to be without power for an extended period, possibly for the next several days. UGI crews are dealing with the same issues that confront communities across our service territory: downed trees, standing water, and impassable roads. It could still take a substantial amount of time until power is restored to all customers. Approximately 7,000 customers have had their service restored in the past 24 hours. “I want to thank both the UGI crews for their dedication in restoring service and our customers for their patience in this difficult time,” Robert R. Stoyko, Vice President – Electric Distribution, said. “UGI is committed to restoring service to all customers as quickly as possible.”
We are focusing our efforts today on the areas listed below that have the largest concentration of customers without power:
• Franklin Township, Orange
• Harvey’s Lake Area, Lake Township
• Noxen, Evans Falls, Wyoming County
• Lake Township, Ross Township
• Harveys Lake Area
• Jackson Township
• Kingston Township
• Ross Township
The safety of our affected customers and communities is a top priority of UGI. Always avoid downed power lines and stay away from any electrical equipment that is partially or totally submerged in water.
To report a power outage or in the event of an electrical emergency, customers are advised to contact UGI Electric’s 24-hour emergency number, (800) 276-2722.
UGI Electric is a division of UGI Utilities, Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UGI Corporation, based in Valley Forge. Additional information about UGI Electric is available at www.ugi.com.