New Shelter Opens As Power Outages Persist

DINGHAM TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Thousands of people in the Poconos spent a sixth straight day in the dark after last week’s storm. While utility crews are making progress — the American Red Cross has opened a new shelter in Pike County. Eyewitness News reporter Eric Deabill has the latest from at the county’s emergency operations center in Blooming Grove Township.


The battle continues Thursday.

Utility crews were fanned out across both Pike and Monroe counties, trying to restore power to thousands of customers.

Met-Ed still has the largest number of people in the dark.

A company spokesman says many of the issues are in wooded areas off the roadway, making repairs difficult.

“Our guys in many cases are walking into job locations, having to climb the pole without the use of a bucket truck and in some cases dragging the poles in by hand, digging the hole by hand to put a new pole in where one was broken,”  Said Scott Surgeoner, Met-Ed Spokesman.

As a result of the prolonged power issues, the American Red Cross has opened another overnight shelter at the Matamoras Fire Company in Pike County.

“We’re kind of prepared to go right into the weekend if necessary. We’re just planning obviously for the worst case scenario and just hoping for the best at this point” said Dave Skutnik, of the American Red Cross.

For nearly a week, the Red Cross has already been operating several other shelters.

It’s been a stressful and challenging time for volunteers.

Met Ed says as of this morning, its crews have already replaced more than 70 poles and 190 spans of wire. That’s the wire that goes from pole to pole.

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