For Immediate Release
Delmarva Power Crews Working to Restore Service
NEWARK, Del. - On the morning of April, 8, 2013, a third party contractor struck a Delmarva Power Natural Gas line in the Washington Park section of the Town of New Castle, DE. Upon notification of the incident, Delmarva Power immediately dispatched emergency repair crews to the scene, turned off natural gas service to the area and began repairing the system.
At this time, Delmarva Power estimates that more than 600 customers, including the subdivisions of Washington Park, Castle Ridge, and Deemer's between 14th Street and the railroad crossing on Washington Avenue, will be without natural gas service into tomorrow. As such, the company is utilizing all of its resources to minimize the duration of the outage, mitigate the incident and work with local officials and partners to keep the public safe.
If you smell a strong gas odor:
• Delmarva Power advises customers that if you notice a strong natural gas odor, or if there is other evidence of a natural gas leak, do not enter the premises.
• If you smell the odor of natural gas inside your home, leave immediately.
• As a precaution, do not smoke, make a spark or flame, switch the lights on/off or raise/lower the windows.
• From a safe place, call Delmarva Power's natural gas emergency number at 1-302-454-0317.
Additional natural gas safety and storm preparedness information may be found at www.delmarva.com.
About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 122,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.