Substation problem knocks out lights in Bucks

Posted: June 11, 2014

More than 30,000 PECO customers in northern Bucks County lost power Monday afternoon as a result of a malfunction at a substation, a county official said.

While parts of the region were hit with intense downpours on Monday, with significant flooding reported in Montgomery County, PECO spokesman Gret Smore said it was unclear whether weather had anything to do with the outages.

County spokesman Chris Edwards said the malfunction occurred at the substation in Buckingham Township and resulted in a total of more than 30,000 outages.

PECO's website had put the total at over 32,000; however, Smore said the actual number was closer to 10,000. He said the numbers on the map evidently were the result of the "double-counting" of customers.

As for the cause of the problem, said Smore, "We don't really know."

An investigation was continuing.

Edwards said that electricity had been restored to all but 300 by 5:45 p.m.



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