New Castle News

January 30, 2014

Bessemer residents left without electric

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — About 750 customers in Bessemer, North Beaver and Mahoning townships lost electrical service Tuesday.

Beechwood Road resident Eugene Retort said the power was off for much of the day.

“There had been two outages,” he said. “The power was off from about 9 a.m. until 1 or 2 p.m., then again in the evening.”

Retort said he was told the first outage was because of transformer trouble but the second was because a tree or limb had come down on power lines.

He said warming stations had been established at the fire stations in Edinburg, Bessemer and North Beaver Township. He and his wife ventured out to the Bessemer station, he said, but few others were there.

“It looked to me as if people were staying home and trying to keep warm.”

Chuck Jackson, area manager for Penn Power, confirmed that separate outages had occurred.

He estimated 750 customers — residents from Hillsville Road to Route 224 and from the Ohio state line to Hilltop Plaza — were affected.

“Not all of the customers were affected each time.”

Jackson said a substation in the Hillsville-Bessemer Road area went down, causing the earlier outage, but wires came down in the evening. That outage lasted from 6:40 p.m. to 12:16 a.m. Wednesday.

The problem sites, he said, are not near the highway and were not easily accessible to repair crews.

He said crews were out through the day Wednesday trying to determine what had happened, why the lines had come down.