Wolf Administration Working to Expedite Power Restoration after Winter Storm

March 04, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – In a move to assist delivery of needed staff, equipment and materials to facilitate cleanup from the weekend’s severe weather, Governor Tom Wolf authorized PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards to issue a waiver lifting some hours of service requirements for Commercial Driver License holders. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency also continues to coordinate state agency response and assist local responders and private utility companies.

“Our utility workers and companies, along with state and local officials, are working tirelessly to restore power throughout the areas impacted by the week’s powerful winter storm,” Governor Wolf said. “The state is working collaboratively to support their efforts to make repairs and restore service as fast as possible.”

As of 1 p.m. today, power has been restored to approximately 350,000 customers, while 236,000 remain without power in the commonwealth. This is down from a high of 587,000 during the peak of the storm.

Private companies are also working to expedite their response, including bringing in out-of-state workers. The waiver, which is in place from Saturday through midnight March 31, allows drivers assisting with the transportation of utility crews to areas hard hit by the storm to exceed the normal limits on driving time. The limit is extended to 14 hours from 11 hours. The requirement for 10 hours of rest between the 14-hour shifts remains in place.

“This waiver will help repair crews as they work tirelessly to restore power across eastern Pennsylvania,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said. “This storm left a widespread path of destruction and we are working hard to ease a return to normal conditions.”


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