Met-Ed is in the process of performing Post Storm Sweeps

Met-Ed is in the process of performing Post Storm Sweeps
March 14, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Following an event the magnitude of Winter Storm Riley and Quinn damage and destruction exists even following restoration. In some cases facilities are temporarily repaired inorder to expedite restoration. Debris such as wires, transformers, and poles to name a few can be found in abundance. Inorder to restore facilities to pre-storm conditions and reinforce the infrastructure Met-Ed has a process which is called a Post Storm Sweep. 

What does this mean? The process consists of three main activities.  Assessment, Construction & Clean-up 

Assessment - Teams are deployed to interrogate circuits, identify existing damage and specify needed repairs. (This process started yesterday and anticipated to complete around Sunday)  

Construction - Following assessment, construction crews and management review assessment results and devise a plan to make repairs. However, if a hazardous condition is identified during assessment  repairs are initiated at that time.   

Clean-up - During assessment crews identify the location of broken poles, downed transformers, wires and the like. Construction crews and if necessary other contracted teams will gather and dispose of wires and poles. Transformers must be handled by qualified personnel. 
Please note: If a customer identifies a transformer that is leaking or spilled they should contact Met-Ed directly at 1-800-545-7741 and identify the location.  

Customers should never go near a downed wire even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris. We remind customers to immediately report downed wires to Met-Ed. 

Again we thank you for your patience and cooperation as as we work through this process as safely and efficiently as possible.