PECO crews are currently on their way to restore power following a significant derecho that passed through the Midwest on Aug. 10.
Residents of southeastern Pennsylvania know all too well the devastating impacts of a derecho, as one tore through the area in early June. These storms can bring intense winds and inflict serious damage across a large area in a short amount of time. Parts of the Midwest are currently working to clean up the damage of the recent derecho and utilities are working to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers.
PECO crews embarked on their journey to Chicago on the morning of Aug. 11. Approximately 45 employees and 50 contractors are on their way to support PECO's sister utility, ComEd, in its power restoration efforts. As of Aug. 11, 450,000 ComEd customers were currently without power because of this intense storm.
Crews departed from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, after gathering necessary supplies, beginning their two-day trip to northern Illinois. The truck caravan is expected to stop in Toledo, Ohio, before arriving in the ComEd service territory.
Mutual assistance continues to be a hallmark of the electric utility industry and serves as a critical component of power restoration efforts following major weather events.