Pepco Customers Without Power In DC, Prince George's Co.

5:58 PM, Feb 8, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) --  38,000 Pepco customers in the D.C. area dealt with a power outage Friday after Pepco officials say a tree came down on a transmission line and took out four substations.  

Of those customers, 4,700 were from D.C. and 33,000 from Prince George's County, Md. 

By the end of the work day nearly all power had been restored.

A Prince George's County Schools spokesperson said approximately 28 schools' networks were down in relation to the Pepco issue. The affected schools were:

  • Andrew Jackson MS
  • Barnaby Manor ES
  • Benjamin D. Foulois ES
  • Berkshire ES (closed)
  • Capitol Heights ES
  • Carmody Hills ES
  • Central HS
  • Concord ES
  • District Heights ES
  • Drew-Freeman MS
  • Edgar Allen Poe Alternative ES
  • Flintstone ES
  • Forest Heights ES
  • Forestville Military Academy
  • Francis Scott Key ES
  • Highland Park ES
  • J. Frank Dent ES
  • John H. Bayne ES
  • Longfields ES
  • Morningside
  • North Forestville ES
  • Samuel Chase ES
  • Skyline ES
  • Suitland ES
  • Suitland High
  • Thomas Claggett ES
  • Walker Mill MS
  • William Beanes ES

Prince George's County Fire officials also said there was a precautionary evacuation of a shopping center in 6200 block of Central Avenue in Seat Pleasant "for possible transformer fire." The cause of the overcharged underground transmitter was an improperly installed customer generator that was backfeeding onto the Pepco system.  Safety was restored but at one point it was very dangerous.

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