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Governor Corbett Discusses Storm Damage, Asks For Patience

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Governor Corbett spoke today in regards to the ongoing power outages from recent storms. He reminded people that it could take time to bring back power to all affected areas, but he is working alongside national programs to ensure a timely response.

According to Corbett, he has persuaded President Obama to sign his declaration of emergency in York, Lancaster, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Because of this, the region is expecting seven flatbeds of equipment to arrive soon.

Pennsylvania officials are currently working to restore power in medical-associated buildings like hospitals and nursing homes before they begin working on residential and commercial spaces. Similarly, larger voltage plants will be restored before others because they provide power to larger regions.

Assistance from states as far as Illinois will be coming to resolve the power outages, says Corbett.

"This storm is in some respects as bad, or worse, than Hurricane Sandy. Why? The hurricane was during the summer, the weather was warmer… the workers weren't dealing with ice and snow. One of the workers said that the trees covered in ice and snow are called ‘widow-makers' because they can cause accidents and injure people or, unfortunately, kill people," said Corbett. "I hope the people that are living without electricity will have some understanding and some patience to understand that these individuals are risking their lives."

Corbett and Robert Powelson, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission, each asserted that the issue will be resolved in a timely fashion.

"We are not going to forecast estimated times of restoration. The staffing levels are there, they're a third higher than what we dealt with in Hurricane Sandy. They are working around the clock," said Powelson.

Governor Corbett recommends that anyone experiencing additional power outages from the ice contact local electricity providers and not call 911. Shelters have also been opened throughout the region, and people without power are urged to enter them if they don't have alternative places to stay.

"We want them to use the shelters. Staying at home and trying to heat with alternative sources can be dangerous. We do not want to see any loss of life because we have shelters available," said Corbett.

Some shelters provide space for pets too, but it's recommended that people call ahead to make shelters aware. Bring medications, a source of entertainment, and whatever pet supplies needed to sustain comfort for several days. Preparedness is highly recommended to assure comfort until power is restored in affected areas.

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