Atlantic City Electric and American Red Cross are providing free ice and bottled water for Atlantic County residents who remain without power due to Tropical Storm Isaias.
More than 200,000 Atlantic City Electric customers lost power in the high winds and heavy rains. Another 3,000 were hit when storms moved in Thursday morning.
As of 7 p.m. Friday, about 5,200 remained without power.
The company said the goal was to have more than 99 percent of their customers back up by the end of the day.
Crews continue to face damage with every job they work.
“We have made great progress in restoring service for our customers following Tropical Storm Isaias, but we continue to have thousands of jobs left to tackle to bring every customer back online,” said Gary Stockbridge, Atlantic City Electric region president. “The perseverance of our crews and those who are assisting in this monumental effort is incredible, and we appreciate their continued commitment to restoring service for our customers safely. We also appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers, as we know being without electric service is difficult, especially during these challenging times.”
Residents still without power can go to the Atlantic County Canale Training Center at 5033 English Creek Ave. in Egg Harbor Township before 3 p.m. to pick up ice and bottled water.
Atlantic City Electric added more sources Friday, bringing its contingent to more than 1,700 workers, which the company said is one of its largest ever.
The remaining work is especially complex due to damage that includes having to remove damaged trees before repairs can be made.
In addition to company field and support personnel and support from Exelon sister utilities BGE, ComEd and Pepco, Atlantic City Electric has local contractors and resources from several other companies, from as far away as Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Canada, helping to restore service for customers.
Customers can visit atlanticcityelectric.com, use the company’s mobile app, or contact the company at 1-800-833-7476 for the latest estimate of when service will be restored to their home or business.
As restoration work continues, Atlantic City Electric urges customers to take precautions for their safety; stay away from downed power lines and report them to Atlantic City Electric immediately.
Check on neighbors, friends, the elderly and others who may be without service. Exercise caution when using generators to power a home and never use a generator, grill or other similar devices indoors or in an attached garage.