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Crews Work To Restore Boone Power

Reported by: Send eMail Bob Aaron
Reported: Jun. 12, 2014 5:02 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 12, 2014 6:39 PM EDT
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Boone Power Outages
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Jeffrey , Boone County , West Virginia

Crews worked Thursday to get the power back on for hundreds of families in Boone County.

It's been a real challenge, given where the power lines are down. There is almost no way to bucket trucks up to some of the mountaintops.

Appalachian Power has two tracked vehicles that help set poles, but linemen still have to climb poles without mechanical help.

Terrain can slow efforts to restore power. Once crews got the poles there using a track machine, the snapped pole was up and replaced in about an hour.

Much of Wednesday was spent assessing the damage to determine where the breaks were and what was needed to fix them. Appalachian Power brought in 100 assessors and 400 contract linemen to help restore the damage from winds and storms Tuesday and Wednesday.

Still it's not easy work. Instead of riding a bucket truck, there were poles and hills to climb.

There are still about 14,500 Appalachian Power customers without power. Service for all of them is expected to be restored by Friday night.

If flooding takes place, crews said it could complicate restoration efforts.



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