The company is still assessing the cost of the derecho and the current estimate is $62 million, Wright said.
Wright addressed complaints from people who said they saw out-of-state workers sitting in trucks with nothing to do. He attributed the downtime to necessary preparations that need to be done before workers can get to work on lines.
Workers in some cases had to wait up to an hour for the prep work to be done, he said. Other workers were awaiting assignments and for direction from a circuit coordinator with the company, Wright said.
Four FirstEnergy transmission towers collapsed during the bad weather, said James Haney, vice president of operations with the company. Mon Power and Potomac Edison companies are part of FirstEnergy, which purchased Allegheny Power.
The towers were all built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Haney said. Standards for building transmission towers have changed since then, he said.
Officials from both FirstEnergy and APCO said they have considered the use of drones to assess damage after storms.
Still, Haney added that the company is not seriously considering them because of licensing issues with the Federal Aviation Administration. Drones would be much cheaper than helicopters "if they can get them to work," Haney said.
Two linemen for Black Diamond Power Company were injured while making repairs and were unable to return to work, said company President David Musser.
In separate incidents, one fell from a pole and another was thrown 50 feet, he said. Both workers are recovering.
Musser said the company is looking into hiring contractors to help with repairs during future storms. This time, the company used its own workers alone for repairs, he said.
West Virginia American Water helped restore water service to several remote sites that lost water because the electric was out, company President Jeff McIntyre said. The company usually has 28 generators on hand, but brought in more after the storm to help restore water service to communities.
The company used 52 generators throughout its entire system, McIntyre said.
One generator that powered the treatment plant in the New River Gorge area suffered a "catastrophic failure," he said. Repairs to the generator cost the company $30,000, he said. Total cost of storm damage for the water company totaled about $750,000, he said.
West Virginia American also had one of its generators stolen after the storm, McIntyre said. The generator weighed 400 pounds and was chained to a telephone pole, he said. Another generator was damaged and officials suspect it was because the perpetrator didn't like having to hear it run during the night, McIntyre said.
On July 11, the company had restored water to all its customers, McIntyre said.
The company used social media to rebut false rumors that it planned to turn off water to whole communities, McIntyre said.
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