Power company hires 1,300 to assist W.Va., Va.
(Staff Photo/TERRY L. MAY)
As residents across the Tug and Big Sandy Valleys lost electricity, lines formed at every gas station — like the Belfry, Ky., 7-11 Marathon — that had kerosene in an effort to stay warm as last week’s winter storm played out. Hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia were without power as a result of the storm, and many are still waiting for electricity.
CHARLESTON (AP) — Appalachian Power has hired more than 1,300 contractors from 13 states to help its crews restore power to more than 117,000 customers in Virginia and West Virginia.
Some customers were still without electricity Monday night after a weekend storm dumped more than a foot of snow across the East Coast.
As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, Appalachian Power reported nearly 83,000 outages in West Virginia and about 34,000 in Virginia.
The company hopes to restore power to most customers early in the week, but some may be out until Friday. Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye blamed damaged transmission lines in hard-to-reach areas and widespread damage.
Allegheny Energy reported 17,642 outages late Monday. It expects to restore electricity to all customers by midnight Wednesday.