Efforts to restore electricity continue

PARKERSBURG – Three days after Tuesday’s storm, electric power is slowly but surely returning to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

A spokeswoman for American Electric Power said all customers who lost electric service after the storm were restored as of Thursday. According to the Appalachian Power Co. website, power has been restored to all its customers.

Greg Hefner, a spokesman for MonPower, said there were 872 customers in Wood County waiting to have power restored as of Thursday evening. After the storm on Tuesday, he said, there were 13,000 customers without power.

At one point, Hefner said, 71,000 MonPower customers in the 34-county service area lost power and 9,199 are still without power.

“We hope to have a large number of customers back this (Thursday) evening,” he said. “We will focus our efforts on the larger areas of outages and then move down to the smaller and smaller clusters as we go into the weekend.”

Hefner said a few customers will still be without electric service into the weekend, but he said that may be a small number.

“We hope to have 95 percent back by midnight Friday,” he said.

Hefner said Wood County was the hardest hit by the storm. Power has been restored in all parts of Pleasants County, he said.

“They were hit but they were not hit as hard as Wood and Wirt counties,” he said. “Wood County was the hardest hit with downed lines and fallen trees from outside of our right of way.”