Power Restored in New Albany
By Rick Hiduk
A power outage that affected approximately 450 Albany Township residents on Nov. 22 had been assessed and rectified by nightfall by Penelec/First Energy of Towanda.
According to Jody Place, Penelec manager of external affairs, a tree fell against a utility pole in a wooded area off Division Street in New Albany at about 7:30 a.m., downing five cross arms and several spans of wire and causing blow-outs of multiple arrestors near the New Albany switcher, which, in turn, affected both distribution and subtransmission lines.
Penelec crews were on the scene immediately, but, due to the complexity of the issue, restoring power to New Albany and New Era customers took almost eight hours.
Place apologized for the inconvenience on behalf of the electric company and indicated that somebody cutting trees nearby was responsible for the outage.
On Nov. 23, she reported that Penelec had made contact with the individual, but she was reticent to release the name, pending further investigation.
“It caused quite a lot of damage for us and a lot of trouble for a lot of people,” Place remarked.