Lewes BPW customers go hours without power

Safety concerns extended outage
October 31, 2012
About 800 Lewes BPW customers went without power for 15 hours during Hurricane Sandy's pass through the area. BY FILE

About 800 Lewes Board of Public Works customers were without electricity for 15 hours Oct. 29, when Hurricane Sandy swept through coastal Sussex County.

A tree snapped a power line serving homes from Highland Acres to Pilottown Village, said BPW General Manager Darrin Gordon in an Oct. 31 interview.

The outage was prolonged because it's unsafe and illegal for linemen to work when wind speeds exceed 35 mph, Gordon said. Power was quickly restored when it was safe to repair the break.

“We encourage customers to be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours,” Gordon said.