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Jake Sneeden

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Delmarva Power Prepares for Next Round of Tough Weather

NEWARK, Del. (March 6, 2018) – Just as Delmarva Power restores the very last customers impacted by Winter Storm Riley, the company, its employees and local contractors are bracing for the second of this one-two severe weather punch expected overnight and into tomorrow. All day today, employees worked diligently to restore service for the final customers who remained without power due to Winter Storm Riley and complete critical repairs to the local energy grid as Winter Storm Quinn approaches.

Delmarva Power’s Emergency Response Organization remains activated as crews worked throughout the day to finish repairs to utility poles, crossarms, power lines and other equipment in advance of Winter Storm Quinn. The company also is preparing for the winter storm with enhanced staffing in its call center, dispatch centers and in the field to respond to customer needs.

“We understand that the last few days have been difficult for our customers, especially those in the northern portion of our service area where we experienced the most severe damage,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “I want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this time and thank our crews and contractors who have worked around the clock since Friday to bring every customer back online.”

The destructive nor’easter Winter Storm Riley inflicted heavy damage along the East Coast beginning last Friday. Strengthening significantly beyond forecasts, the storm delivered high sustained winds and gusts through the 70-mph-range for more than 48 hours. Utilities from Mid-Atlantic to New England reported more than 2.6 million power outages at the storm’s peak and more than 200,000 customers remain out across all affected utilities.

Each of Exelon’s Mid-Atlantic utilities mobilized in advance of the storm and were joined by crews from ComEd, Exelon’s utility in Illinois. Exelon worked with the mutual assistance networks to supplement its own crews with additional line workers, contractors and support staff from more than 16 states and Canada to form a force of nearly 7,500 working on the restoration. Crews worked through challenging conditions that included severe winds, road closures, downed trees and other debris.

The company’s greatest concern with Winter Storm Quinn is the potential for heavy, wet snow, which can stick to tree limbs and aerial power lines. An accumulation of wet snow could coat tree branches bringing them down into power lines and causing service interruptions for customers. Strong winds are also expected, which could result in additional damage and outages for customers. 

Delmarva Power urges customers to stay safe and always stay away from any storm damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that may come into contact with power lines. Always assume that downed electrical wires are energized and report them to the company immediately. Customers should check on their neighbors, family and friends, and assist the elderly and those with special needs.  

Customers can visit Delmarva Power’s website at www.delmarva.com, use the mobile app or contact the company at 1-800-898-8042 to report any outages.


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About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 131,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.​
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