For Immediate Release
Delmarva Power crews are resuming
their efforts today to pressure-wash utility lines and equipment along Route 1
between the Indian River Inlet and an area just north of Bethany Beach, Del., to
remove sea salt carried inland by winds from the weekend nor'easter.
The combination of salt buildup and
moisture can cause arcing, sparking, blown fuses, pole fires and extensive
Some customers are typically seeing
their lights blink repeatedly, and in some cases, losing power altogether.
Delmarva Power crews are being assisted
by local volunteer fire companies in their power-washing efforts. Similar work
was done in the same area early last week when windy weather caused salt to
coat lines and equipment. Once the weekend storm passed, salt-laden air began
to drift inland, causing the salt buildup again on the electrical
To perform such work safely, lines
and equipment are de-energized, which means some customers could experience
intermittent power interruptions. Affected communities include Cotton Patch Hills,
Pelican's Pouch, Ocean Village, Bayberry Dunes, The Sanctuary and Sussex
"We need to power-wash the lines or
hope for a hard rainfall to wash off the salt," said John Allen, Delmarva Power
region vice president.
If customers see downed wires, or
notice loud noises or electrical arcing, they should stay away from the wires
and call Delmarva Power at 1-800-898-8045.
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