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UPDATE: PECO Crews Moving Into Central Bucks

Local officials say power could be back on to Doylestown Borough soon; situation in the townships is less clear.

PECO crews are working in Buckingham Township - and that's good news for Doylestown Borough.

That's because the main power lines that feed the east side of Doylestown Borough actually feed in from a circuit located in Buckingham, borough manager John Davis said Wednesday.

"The fact that PECO trucks aren’t being seen in the borough doesn't indicate that they're not working. We want them working over there" on the Buckingham circuits, Davis said. "That would go a long way to bring power back to a large segment of town."

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday , the number of PECO customers - residents, businesses, etc. - in Doylestown Borough still without power still remained at about 4,680, Davis said.

PECO spokeswoman Martha Phan said 165,000 customers remained without power as of Wednesday morning. That was down slightly from 170,000 on Tuesday evening.

Here are recent developments:

  • PECO will not give local leaders an estimated restoration time for the whole town or township, local officials said.
  • Davis said some borough residents have been told they may have power back on by 11 p.m. Wednesday night. "Now, that could change in a heartbeat," he said.
  • Bucks County Commissioners said they've been told 85 to 90 percent of the PECO customers without power in the county should be restored by Friday.
  • PECO, PPL and other electric companies typically tackle public safety issues first, then large population centers. That means more rural customers in the townships are likely to be the last to come back online.
  • At PECO's direction, tree company Asplundh has been working on removing some downed trees and tree limbs from Doylestown Borough streets,  including those on Worthington and Magill Lane, Davis said.
  • Large trees down on wires near Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and on Church Street near Burpee Park were still there, as of noon Wednesday.

As for customers of PPL and FirstEnergy (Met Ed), the news isn't much better.

The number of customers in Upper Bucks without power actually increased overnight.

From Hilltown through Quakertown, PPL's outage map showed 22,221 customers without power Tuesday at 5 p.m. Wednesday morning, that figure was up to 22,435.

In Tinicum, Bridgeton, Nockamixon and Durham townships, 5,989 Met Ed customers were without power Tuesday night. That figure was up to 6,015 Wednesday morning.

Tom October 31, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I just got off the phone with Stephanie Mason at doylestown township. They felt its not the governments decision to reschedule trick or treating. In essence people should make there own choice. Many towns have used there roles as leaders to do this. They won't. The schools are closed because it's to dangerous for buses. But it's cool if you choose to trick or treat. Hey kids watch out for the power lines, downed trees and those about to fall. Gov iS there to protect the people. Major failure in my book.
bill murphy October 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
The government runs trick or treating now? Is it part of the food stamp program now? It would not shock me.....
Robert Showalter November 01, 2012 at 12:00 AM
the businesses on 202 in chalfont and new britain have been without poer going on 3 days. As of tonight the tree at the NB Church closing 202 is still there. PECO WE NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! BORO AND STATE OFFICIALS HELP US !!!!!!!
Padre Pio November 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
People. C'mon. Your state and local government is busy managing emergency personnel, police, reopening roads, etc. They are not PPL or PECO. Call your electricity company if you have no power. I'm sure they'll work faster if you yell at them, lol. Not like they're all working around the clock or anything. And Halloween is not a government holiday. Take your kids out or don't. The government isn't your nanny.
Leslie Bachinsky November 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I totally agree with you Bill.I don't understand why people can't or won't think for themselves .
Tom November 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Bill Murphy you are missing the point. This has nothing to do with a paid government program. This is to limit the liability of the township from lawsuits stemming from the fact they took no action. Drive through the pebble wood/ hill backstreets tomorrow between Turk and Edison furlong. Complete mess of wires. I had to fend off trick or treaters because I have a monster 70 ft oak split 80% through on my front lawn about to come down. The soonest I have been promised to have it out is Friday by tree guys I spent a day stalking. PECO and those guys are killing themselves with ones that have dropped. An insane amount of people are dealing with it just like me. There is a lot of dangerous spots in town . Who better then the township to protect the safety of people like me who collectively can not be loud enough with out them. Chris Christie and lots of towns acted, my idea wasn't original it was obvious. A tea bag like you should understand that a free government action is worth the mass email and maybe a quote in news paper. Since you hate things the government pays for you must be ok with something that saves taxpayers the possibility of mass lawsuits. Bill the tea bag Murphy I can predict when you die your grand children may starve because you taught your child the only education they need is fox news. Wake up....to much of one slant will kill you.
tk69 November 01, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Trick or treat? How ridiculous as if they have the power over such things. How is it that you think government has such power over others? WHy is it that you think government should be the center of ones life and the determinator of faits? YOu must be ether very stupid, naive, or very cruel.
tk69 November 01, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Don't believe the hype. Peco incompetence is the result of Government. It is time to get rid of the monopoly. It is time for users (not government or their coney friends and allies) to actually own, set prices, create, restore, and control their own power lines.
tk69 November 01, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Peco is incompetent and a artificial monopoly. WIthout a government subsidy they could not exist. WIthout regulations, they would have to compete, which would mean choices. Of course, one must have a firm grip of reality to understand this. And Since you seemingly like the things government is done and of monopolies then why not have them levy your property for things that I want? Why is it that you are so quick to condemn others because you deem it so? WHat is wrong with others having the right to keep their own money? WHat is AMerican about forcing other people to pay for their peoples things?? You must be a total loser! ANd if you don't like allowing other people to control their own things then man up and pay for such things yourself. Allow government to take your property. But of course, this would mean that you have to spend your own money.
GLENN GOLD November 01, 2012 at 08:09 AM
This is ridiculous . There are less people without power in Atlantic City than there are in Bucks County . i have reverence for people who can do things I am unable to do , however this is Ben Franklin and the Kite . I know that this is an over simplification, but come on inefficiencies and unpreparedness of Peco is destroyng our way of life , Philadelphia children are able to go back to school but ours are not . They should be handing out generators to all customers like they do meters-- I guess if they could make a buck on it they would
Nitroboy November 01, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Plain and simple. Regardless of an extraordinary circumstance or not, PECO has always been an incompetant utility monopoly. Always has, always will.
bill murphy November 01, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Oh my bad, I forgot that when you do not have power a mass email will do the trick. or when the infrastructure has been critically hit its best to think of trick or treating instead of putting energy towards helping people with no heat or food. You actually called me a teabag? are you 6 years old? I am sorry if we disagree over the governments role but geeze you really sank to calling me names?? That is whats wrong with politics today and why this country is so divided. I do believe the government has a role but that role is taking care of real issues like this massive storm and what it has done to my town not babysitting people and telling them what common sense is. We have a freedom of choice in this country and people like you seem to forget that personal responsibility can never be replaced by government action when it is we lose all freedoms.
Tom November 01, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Bill this is why you show your lack of brains. In your first post you mock me and food stamps. in this last rant you say the government should be working on helping people with no heat or food. Then go on about personal responsibility. Clearly you are a tea bag... Which you did not deny. Only tea bags talk in double speak like you. That is why they are all so angry. Ignorant people who believe rush and Glenn beck are godly. They breath fire about government programs even though they love theirs. Your movement has lost traction and soon you will realize you are the minority in this country. Since when is our township worried about getting food to people or lights back on. That is not their job. Their job is to keep the streets safe and find new ways to build waste systems and access us. That is what they do best. Quite frankly if PECO can get lights on in a week it's a miracle. Oh Bill you can thank FEMA for getting the out of state utility crews in. Oh no your tea bag friends think the states should do that coordination. Good luck there, your boy in Harrisburg is to busy keeping people from voting and finding new ways to stick ultrasounds in women. Where is he and his 28% approval rating.
Joe OMalley November 01, 2012 at 01:28 PM
This is bull crap, I have listened and watched thus crap go on for to long. We don;t have the density for PECO to put us higher on their list. For 40 years I have sat back and watched these outages affect my house and I'm not going to sit back and watch it any longer. They have done squat after 40 years to improve the infra-structure to alleviate this crap. I wanna talk to PECO's Marie Antonnette to find out what their incompetancy keeps affecting. I'm not complaining about the circumstances I'm complaining about PECO . I'M SICK OF IT, PECO, I'M SICK OF IT
bill murphy November 01, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Anger issues much? This type of event is exactly what the government is here for. It is not here to subsidize our daily life with "free" stuff. I am not a tea party member so your way off on your views of other peoples ideals especially mine. Try allowing others to have thier own opinion for a change instead of trash talking there beliefs on an emotional level. It is really not better than the taliban and how they act against other peoples ideals nor is it good for the country as a whole when people behave the way you are here. We are a country founded on different people having different beliefs at least respect peoples rights to have them. maybe some anger managment classes would help?
Joe OMalley November 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Bill, stop with the goodie-2- shoes stuff. I want PECO to fix the power. So back off with your comments
bill murphy November 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I wish I had power too. But the old saying that you do not build a church for Easter mass applies here. They can not just have linemen and equipment on stand by all year long for these events. We could not afford the price of power if they did. I can actually see from my front porch the switch that was knocked out by a tree across the street it outed our whole area. I feel like calling and yelling at them but really thats selfish. My house is still standing and we are alive so waiting for power sucks but things could be worse.
Joe OMalley November 01, 2012 at 02:21 PM
You are missing the point you idiot. 40 years and they have done nothing to improve the infrastructure. You could not be possibly be Irish and not be fightin mad. You are truly ANAL. And GOD had nothing to do with this. Get lost will ya
Sarah Larson (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It's Day 3 after the storm and nerves are frayed. People are cold and maybe hungry and oh-so-frustrated. Questions to PECO on how prepared they were are valid. But we're all neighbors and we're all in this together, so please don't call each other names. It's not nice - and it's also against our terms of service, so I'd have to delete your comment if you personally attack each other and I don't want to do that. Hopefully PECO will make lots of progress today and we can ask these questions in warmth with a warm cup of coffee real soon. Thanks for being here, for reading and participating.
bill murphy November 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Here is the thing Joe, I have watched all summer as they have torn up my nieghborhood to update the electric. To agree with you would contradic what I see here. To resort to calling me names? Come on I have plenty of reasons to get my Irish up yhis is not one of them.
Joe OMalley November 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Good, this conversation is over
Catriona November 01, 2012 at 03:04 PM
That's absolutely true for as long as I've lived in Bucks - ie since 1984. And they continue to charge highest rates in the lower 48 states. Never figured that out. Most expensive and huge profits to CEOs, and mediocre to incompetent around here. Just pray they don't cause another explosion. They have quite a history there!
Carol November 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Will PA have gas problems like NJ and NY are having with having to go on an hour search for an open gas station?
annmarir November 02, 2012 at 10:00 AM
wouldnt shock me either your comment gave me a smile thanks soooo true to but not many voice it. with power out took a lot
annmarir November 02, 2012 at 10:16 AM
i so agree my mother is still without electric i live in the ne philadelphia and ill tell you i new they wouldnt leave philadelphia with no lights sooo long my mother cant retire neither can her over 65 husband whos sick and i heard they have programs for people with low income NOW MY MOM HAS HER OWN BUISNESS BUT WORK IS SLOW she does everything a good citizen should and peco denied her asst. with their liheap n it took me forever to get her to put her pride dwn and apply only to be turned down!!!!! im angry and disgusted and now they leave her and her husband sick with no power !!!!!!! i really hope thers a change cause looks like they are doing away with middle class an forget asking for your benifits once 65 !!!!

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