OPPD crews, with the assistance of our mutual aid partners, continue to make great progress with restoration efforts in an unprecedented outage event. The hurricane-force winds our area experienced early Saturday morning knocked out power to 188,000 customers, more than any previous outage event on record.
As of 8:45 p.m., approximately 28,000 customers remained without power. This number may fluctuate based upon the potential for new outages that are unrelated to this past weekend’s weather.
With a better idea of the complexity and challenges of the remaining outages including access, the need for large tree removal prior to repairs, OPPD has adjusted its goal to 90% restoration by 11:59 p.m. tonight, barring any unforeseen safety concerns. OPPD still has a goal approaching 99% restoration by 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, July 13.
The final outages could potentially take longer to restore. Our assessments show far more damage to individual customer electrical equipment than we experienced with past storms. The weather and broken tree limbs have caused damage that may have torn meter infrastructure from customers’ homes or property.
In certain circumstances, the damage may be to electrical equipment that is a property owner’s responsibility and will require that the property owner hire a licensed and bonded electrician to complete the repairs to equipment. Check out this story, with a diagram that shows what repairs homeowners are responsible for versus what the utility is responsible for repairing.
The work ahead of us remains complex, and we still aren’t letting up. We understand how tough it is to be without power for a short time, let alone for a third day. Please know that we will continue to work around the clock, as quickly and as safely as possible to restore all outages.
We have great support from our line techs, tree crews, downed wire and damage assessment teams, as well as mutual aid from outside utilities electrical companies who are helping to bring the power back for all of our customers. OPPD has more than 700 “boots on the ground” this evening, and we’re adding 30 more tree crews shortly.
We are focused on completing this work both quickly and safely. Please continue to avoid downed power lines, and always assume they are live. We ask that the public refrain from approaching those working in the field so they can maintain complete focus on the dangerous work at-hand. This will enable them to work more safely and restore power more quickly.
Please visit www.stormandoutage.com for the latest outage numbers, restoration progress updates and safety guidance.