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Mon Power Crews Work Around the Clock to Restore Power

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The storm may be over, but for Mon Power crews, the work continues.

More than 1,500 Mon Power employees and contractors have been working around the clock since the hurricane hit to make sure power is restored quickly.

Due to fallen trees, heavy snow and mud, simply reaching the affected power transmission systems safely has been a challenge.

"We've had guys working up to their waist in snow, 34 plus inches here in our area, so you can imagine how difficult that is to get through," said Mon Power Line Supervisor Keith Bragg. "A lineman's tool belt itself weighs 30 pounds. So you can imagine it makes things very difficult."

To help in the effort to restore power, workers from the division of forestry and national guard have joined forces with Mon Power crews to clear trees and gain access to affected transmission systems.

Alex Patton, Mon Power General Manager of Operations said out of the company's 900 miles of transmission facilities damaged during Hurricane Sandy, the company had repaired 700 miles as of Friday. He said the process has been slowed by the dangerous weather conditions near access roads.

"Moving from location to location has been a challenge, the roads were not travelable," Patton said. "We basically had to cut our way through."

On Friday, Mon Power activated four helicopters to more quickly reach and check on power facilities. Approximately 65,000 Mon Power customers remained without power as of November 2.

If you find any downed power lines, Mon Power requests that you call 1-888-LIGHTSS immediately.

To find the expected time for power to be restored to your area or safety tips for dealing with downed power wires, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/storminfo.