Utility Repair Crews Will Work Through Weekend
American Electric Power says much of its restoration work is now concentrated in the Newark and Athens area. Spokeswoman Terri Flora says 87 percent of customers who lost power a week ago wereÂ re-supplied by mid-morning Friday . FloraÂ adds that crews now are often working in heavily wooded and in some cases steep terrain to restore power to what she calls "clusters" of customers. SevenÂ crew workers required medical treatment: one for exposure to poison ivy, another for bee stings, and five for heat related symptoms.Â AEP later released this video. http://youtu.be/oIyhvG1qYww The Columbus based utility says no cost estimate for repairs is available. Four years ago, the bill to restore power after winds from Hurricane Ike blew through totaled more than $41 million AEP was allowed to recoverÂ $28Â million of those costs through delayed rate increases.