Pepco: Thursday Target Date to Restore Majority of Power

By Brandon Benavides
|  Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010  |  Updated 9:46 PM EDT
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Maryland residents cope with another day without power.

Maryland residents cope with another day without power.

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Thousands of people remain without power in the Washington region following Sunday's deadly storm. When can they expect it to return?

Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson told NBC4 that Thursday is the target date to get the majority of customers online.

Pepco reported approximately 85,000 customers still without power as of 9 p.m. Tuesday in the District and Montgomery and Prince George's counties. That's down from a peak outage of 301,000 on Sunday afternoon. More than 65,000 of those lacking power are in Montgomery County.
 
Pepco brought in extra crews from Ohio, Pennsylvania and other locations throughout the area to help in the restoration process. More than 400 outside crew members are helping.
 
Crews began gathering Monday night at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.
 
Anderson said crews went through a safety meeting and got their crew assignments before hitting the road Tuesday morning.
 
Baltimore Gas & Electric reported power had been restored to more than 120,000 customers, but more than 1,600 residents remained without power early Tuesday. Most of them are in Anne Arundel County.

Pepco has set up a hotline that opened at 3 p.m. today to give customers an estimate on when their power will be restored. The number is 877-PEPCO-62.

Customers need to call from a hard-line phone in their homes, or provide the phone number associated with the account if they call from another phone. The line can handle 100,000 calls an hour. It has been around since the 1999 ice storm.

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