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Delmarva Power grid ready to handle winter storms

Delaware Public Media
Delmarva Power says it has prepared its energy grid to keep lights and heat on in homes and businesses this winter.

The season’s first Nor’Easter is expected to pelt Delaware with wind, rain and snow on Wednesday and Delmarva Power says it is ready to handle any power outages.

Delmarva Power employees recently completed maintenance and inspections, as well as upgrades and critical repairs to prepare for the winter weather.

“On the electric side of our business, this includes inspecting and upgrading equipment, trimming trees and (building) underground equipment," said Delmarva Power Spokesman Tim Stokes. "And then as part of our natural gas system, crews are also completing inspections and conducting preventative maintenance on equipment. We're asking that just as Delmarva Power prepares for severe weather during the winter season, we’re asking our customers to do the same.”

Stokes adds that Delmarva Power is asking its customers to assemble an at-home emergency storm kit that includes a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and your medications.

Stokes says customers should also have bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods.

Stokes notes the company’s work on the local energy grid resulted in customers experiencing the lowest frequency of electric outages ever in 2019.

Delmarva Power customers can always report an outage by texting “out” to 67972.