Reporter Ed Mahon went to a York neighborhood Monday night to talk with residents who were concerned about a leaning electrical pole. They worried that it was unsafe.
Here is the story that Ed has written after talking with residents and Met-Ed:
A bent utility pole stood on the first block Columbia Avenue in York, secured by rope and stakes. Residents of the small street, which sits between East Market and East King streets, weren’t happy about the situation.
“I would like them to take care of this. …I don’t want to be electrocuted,” Tracy Williams, whose home is next to the utility pole, said Monday.
Kathy Seilhamer, Met-Ed spokeswoman, said the damaged utility pole wasn’t a safety risk.
“It may appear to passerbys that the pole is leaning, but it is secured in that position,” Seilhamer said. “…We would not leave that situation in an unsafe condition.”
Williams and other residents said the problem began Sunday evening, as storms brought high winds, heavy rain and lightening to the area.
“You heard this loud noise,” said Shamika Roman, who lives near Williams.
Roman went outside with her family members, and she said she saw a tree on fire in her backyard. She said the rain eventually put it out.
In the front, Williams said a utility pole, which holds electrical wires, came loose.
“That pole was just swaying back and forth,” Williams said.
Williams said a Met-Ed employee told her she should stay somewhere else for the night, so she went to a friend’s home. She returned to her home on Columbia Avenue early Monday morning, and she said she saw an employee securing the pole with rope and stakes.
“You’re kidding me,” she later recalled saying. “That’s all you’re doing?”
Roman and Nikki Ruppert, who also lives near Williams, said they had electricity during the storm and they briefly lost power on Monday as a Met-Ed crew was doing cleanup in the backyard.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Seilhamer said the pole was scheduled to be replaced later today.
“At certain times during storm restoration, we may need to make temporary repairs to restore power to our customers,” Seilhamer said, adding that the company makes “permanent repairs” as resources become available.