1.4 Million Homes And Businesses Still Without Power

1.4 million homes and businesses are still without power throughout the Midwest and mid-Atlantic four-days after a major storm system downed power wires and destroyed power stations.

The long gap between losing power and having it restored has angered users who are publicly attacking the company’s involved.

The biggest problem appears to be the lack of warning for an unexpected storm compared to hurricanes. Ken Barker, vice president of Dominion Virginia Power tells CBS News:

“In parallel, we’re restoring power and getting more resources in while we’re restoring power, versus a hurricane, where we would pre-stage those resources.”

The storm originally knocked out more than four million households and businesses, leading President Obama to declare a federal state of emergency in both Ohio and West Virginia.

Officials across all affected states have reported a total of 26 deaths caused by the storm, in most cases those deaths have been associated with accidents surrounding downed limbs and other structural issues.

Some angry customers have demanded that power lines be placed underground to avoid downed wiring during future storms, unfortunately underground wiring comes at a cost up to $15 million per mile, costs that would be passed on to consumers.

Gregory Reed, a professor of electric power engineering at the University of Pittsburgh tells MSNBC:

“It’s a system that from an infrastructure point of view is beginning to age, has been aging. We haven’t expanded and modernized the bulk of the transmission and distribution network.”The ongoing outage meant no July 4 holiday for thousands of utility workers who scrambled to restore power across the region.”

Do you think it’s time to put all power lines underground despite the tremendous cost?