EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPOWER OUTAGES
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American Electric Power Crews Working To Fix System But Repairs Could Take Days
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Oct. 30, 2012 6:20 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 30, 2012 6:28 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
More than 1200 people, with about half coming from neighboring states, are on the job clearing lines and splicing cables back together. However, the sheer size of the problem means it could take quite a while for service to be restored to everyone who has lost it.
"I took my kids to stay with their grandmother and I just come back home to see if the power was on," Glen Morris of South Charleston said.
A company spokeswoman says until Appalachian Power gets a clear picture of the damage from its on-ground assessors, the utility won't have any specific estimates about when repairs will be finished. But the best guess is for some folks it will be several days.
"It could be a significant period of time I don't want to downplay that," Jeri Matheny, a spokeswoman for Appalachian Power said. "I want people to think through what they want to do if there's an extended outage at their house because there could be. It won't be the case for all customers but for some customers they could be looking at being without power for an extended period of time."
In addition to the utility workers already addressing the situation, Matheny says more resources are coming in today from Ohio. But no matter how many people are on the job, repairing the lines will be a slow, tedious process.
"A lot of our transmission system is in remote areas and we can't fly helicopters now to assess the damage," Matheny said. "So what we're finding is we're having to get out there with four-wheel drives, or even ATV's or even on foot to try and find damage. That's a much slower process than if you could fly a helicopter and find the damage."
Matheny said it is important for you to report power outages in your area. You can use your smart phone or tablet device and navigate to www.appalachianpower.com. Or you can call toll free 1-800-982-4237.
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