Unrelenting snow leaves thousands without power, cars
by Jeremy Arias, Gazette staff writer
A total of 83,000 Montgomery County residents were without power as of 5 p.m. Saturday as one of the worst snowstorms in recent history blanketed the region. Police and emergency response officials were still battling the poor road conditions to provide service.
The majority of power outages in the area are due to the high volume of heavy, wet snowfall weighing down trees and branches, which in turn fall and crash power lines, causing outages, said Pepco spokesman Andre Francis. Due to the urgent need of residents without power in the heavy snowfall, every available Pepco crew had been mobilized to fix the problems and restore power quickly, Francis added.
"Usually what we do is we assess the problem and then go out and fix it, but what we're doing now is assessing the problem while we are out working on it, so we can't offer a definite timeline for when we can restore power to certain areas," Francis said.
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