PECO: 8 natural-gas upgrades underway in Coatesville

Work is part of $1.1 million project to improve service  PHILADELPHIA  – PECO will spend approximately $1.1 million on eight projects to expand natural gas availability and improve service for customers in the City of Coatesville – work that began last month and will continue through June, a PECO news release said. The projects include the replacement of existing natural gas main and bare steel...

PECO to hold public forum at Kennett High

Citizens invited to ask questions about utility’s practices Wednesday night PECO has echoed the sentiments of most Chester County resident by welcoming spring and bidding a not-so-fond farewell to one of the worst winters in the region’s history. The utility says it invests more than $500 million each year to enhance electric and natural gas systems, including regular inspection of equipment,...

Another weekend, another – sigh – storm forecast

County emergency officials are offering reminder tips for coping With the National Weather Service (NWS) and many commercial weather services predicting that another significant winter storm may be heading to Chester County, the Chester County Department of Emergency Services has issued some reminders: Only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies. Do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages or to...

County residents bracing for another onslaught

Officials urging public to stay off roads – expected to be treacherous By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Like many Chester County residents, this robin is probably hoping the next round of bad weather doesn’t include ice. Photo by Dave Lichter The $899 price tag was no deterrent for customers determined not to endure another prolonged power outage, no matter what the cost....

Ice storm aftermath: the good, the bad and the unacceptable

Chester County Emergency Services stands out for praise, PECO gets hit on many fronts By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times For most of us, the worst is over. As of Monday morning, just about 10,000 Chester County homes and businesses were still without power, according to PECO, down from about 200,000 Wednesday — while others wait for restoration of phone and Internet service from Verizon and Comcast. Schools...

Cawley pledges state support as storm repairs continue

PECO now says less than 56,000 locations without power — most to be fixed by Sunday By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley listens as Chester County Emergency Services Director Ed Adkins talks about the county’s Emergency Operations Center, which has been at high alert all week, following this week’s ice storm that knocked out power to more than 200,000 county residents. WESTTOWN...

100K still without power, PECO says fix could take days more

Some schools reopen, but trees, power lines still down around county Updated: 11:20 a.m., adds water info, warnings Days into recovery efforts, this large tree branch rests of power lines — blocking southbound traffic — in East Fallowfield, Friday. Although power has been restored to more than 80,000 PECO customers in Chester County, as of Friday morning, more than 130,000 were said to still...

County officials: Best not to venture outside

Mother Nature puts most of area in lockdown Updated at 3:35 p.m. with information on shelters At least two trees down completely block Route 82 in East Marlborough. Trees and branches are down across the county, closing roads and making travel hazardous. An icy coating on trees and roadways has wreaked havoc with travel and power lines throughout Chester County, cutting off power to more than 180,000...

PECO, Natural Lands Trust celebrate partnership

Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone (second from right) participates in the outreach, extending thanks to the volunteers for their help in caring for the popular trail. Volunteers join forces to spruce up popular county trail Volunteers from PECO and Natural Lands Trust pruned trees and shrubs, painted visitor restrooms, and placed protective tubes around trees at the Church Farm Lane trailhead...

PECO: Working to keep residents out of dark

Utility says 14 townships, two boroughs will see crews Peco said crews began working on pruning and selective tree removal in mid-August and will continue through December. PECO wants residents in areas of Chester County  to know that it is working to keep them out of the dark. Pruning and selective tree removal is being performed in Caln, East Caln, East Bradford, East Brandywine, East Marlborough,...