Reading, PA (September 1, 2011) – Approximately 2,400 UGI Electric customers remain without power due to extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
The storm caused severe damage along the entire Eastern Seaboard, with more than 3 million homes losing electric service. At its height, 32,000 customers in UGI’s service territory were without power. The storm caused damage at every level of UGI’s electric distribution system and eclipses the damage caused by the historic Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
Today, Thursday September 1, 2011 the Electric Division restoration teams will again continue to focus primarily on repairing and restoring the electric distribution network, which will result in the restoration of the greatest amount of customers. Below is a list of communities which will be the focus of these efforts:
UGI emphasizes that due to the extent of the outage, customers should be prepared to be without power for an extended period, possibly into next week in the most difficult-to-reach areas. UGI crews are dealing with the same issues that confront communities across the East Coast: downed trees, standing water, and impassable roads. It could still take a substantial amount of time until power is restored to all customers.
UGI is supporting the American Red Cross in relief efforts to provide support to affected customers. The Wyoming Valley chapter of the American Red Cross, in conjunction with Lake-Lehman School District and Luzerne County Emergency Management, is offering an emergency station at the Lake-Lehman Junior-Senior High School. It is open to everyone without power. Food and water is available, as well as showers and facilities to charge electronic equipment.
UGI representatives will be available at Lake-Lehman Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, September 3 from noon to 5 p.m. to answer customer questions and address concerns.
The safety of our affected customers and communities is a top priority of UGI. UGI reminds customers and community members to 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.