Frustrations Boiling Over On 5th Day Without Power - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Frustrations Boiling Over On 5th Day Without Power

Posted: Updated:
BENSALEM, Pa. -

Tens of thousands of people are spending another night with no power in their homes.

That includes 110,000 PECO customers, 33,000 AC Electric customers and 95,000 PPL customers.

And PSE&G has close to 700,000 customers without power.

Many of you have called us, understandably frustrated that your electricity still isn't on.

Many have been told it could be a matter of weeks – not days – before they get power back because utility crews are stretched to their limits.

In Montgomery County, the conditions have prompted leaders to issue a "code blue," which means the weather could be a threat to people without shelter or power.

So, what's taking so long? FOX 29's Bruce Gordon went after answers Friday, filing his video report from Bensalem, Bucks County.

Meanwhile, utility crews are coming from out of state to help restore power. But we've heard rumors that some area utility companies turned away crews that aren't union.

So, we called them.

PECO, PSE&G and PPL all say the rumor is absolutely not true. They say they're accepting any help that's offered.

A spokeswoman for PECO said they're using union and non-union crews from Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, Mississippi, Florida and Illinois.

PECO, PSE&G and PPL all say the rumor is absolutely not true.

They say they're accepting any help that's offered.

A spokeswoman for PECO said they're using union and non-union crews from Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, Mississippi, Florida and Illinois.

"All of the crews that drove up were they all turned away or just some of them?"

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday shot down a report that an Alabama-based utility was stopped in Virginia and told to sign union paperwork before they could get into Jersey.

The utility manager spoke to FOX Business' Stuart Varney by phone.

"All of our crews that we sent to that area we have now returned to Decatur," the utility manager said. "I did want to clarify, our crews were sent up there and ended up in the Virginia area in a staging area that never actually got to the New Jersey town that we were heading to to support. We were presented with documents from IBW that required our folks to affiliate with the union, and it was something that we could not agree to. And it was our understanding, and still is, that that was a requirement of working in that area."

  • Bruce Gordon ReportsMore>>

  • Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:59:13 GMT
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 

  • Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:24:23 GMT
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
  • Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 7:10 PM EST2014-01-30 00:10:03 GMT
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

    Friends work to 'save' Pennsylvania bucket bear

    A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption.
    A group of friends has tracked down and helped to save a western Pennsylvania bear that got its head stuck in a bucket-like contraption.
  • September Sizzle

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:03:36 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

     

     

     

     

    Summer is not over just yet! Today will be very hot and humid with high temperatures in the low to mid 90s and mostly sunny skies.  A cold front will bring some thunderstorms tonight, some of which may be severe.

    Wednesday will be less humid but it remains warm all week long.

    Tuesday (93/72): Clouds/Storm

    Wednesday (88/74): Sun/Clouds

    Thursday (89/67): Sunny/Hot

  • All Bets Off As AC's Revel Hotel Casino Shuts Down

    All Bets Off As AC's Revel Hotel Casino Shuts Down

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:41:14 GMT

    Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino has officially closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening and following months of financial struggles.

    Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino has officially closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening and following months of financial struggles.

Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices