Many still without power
BATH and HIGHLAND — As of Thursday morning, there are still many areas without power on the BARC system, and The Recorder has learned there are also folks in the Bolar area without electricity. A warming station has been set up at Southernmost Maple along U.S. 220.
Both Bath and Highland schools are closed for the day.
Last night, BARC reported it had about 4,000 customers without power as of about 9 p.m.
BARC general manager Mike Keyser said some of those will be out of power until Friday and potentially into the weekend. “We are also expecting high winds (Thursday), which may cause additional outages from weakened falling trees. We would encourage customers to make alternate living accommodations if necessary.”
He added, “Please remember to report your outages via telephone to (800) 846-2272. Feel free to continue to post inquiries to our Facebook page. We are doing our best to respond to all inquiries and questions, but due to the high volume we may not be able to respond to everyone directly.”
BARC has 37 lineworkers assisting from out of state, and 10 additional linemen arriving today from North Carolina to bolster resources, he said. Crews were to focus on restoration efforts beginning 6 a.m. today at the following locations:
• Effinger substation (various locations)
• Village of Millboro and surrounding area
• Bustleburg substation (various locations)
• Hot Springs
• South on Route 687
• Falling Springs and Johnson’s Creek
• Estaline substation (various locations)
• Mill Creek
• Green Valley
• Ridge Road
• Bratton’s Run
• Williamsville to Headwaters
• Shaw’s Ridge & Palo Alto
• Lexington substation (various locations)
• Cornwall substation (various locations)
• Route 42
“Because the damage is widespread, and includes broken poles, wire and hardware, it is not possible to cite specific work locations,” Keyser said. “Crews will be working their way down our backbone circuits repairing known damage as well as unknown damage they encounter. Locations were chosen to maximize the use our resources to restore as many as possible as quickly as possible. We still do not have power supply going to our Effinger substation, which means we are unable to deliver power across our distribution lines to 2,072 customers fed off that substation.”
Customers fed off the Effinger substation include the areas of North Buffalo, South Buffalo, Toad Run, Collierstown, Black’s Creek, Big Hill, Patterson Hollow, Goodbar Hollow, Forge Road, Rapp’s Mill, Snake Foot, Plank Road, Route 11 South, Fancy Hill, Spring Valley.