In a recent news conference DC Mayor Vincent Gray showed his frustration of Pepco’s inability of “doing better” about keep services on as a result of a disaster event. He said that Pepco’s promise to have an estimated power restoration date of Friday isn’t “good enough.”
Gray said that he has also floated the idea of burying power lines underground, since storm-damaged trees wreak havoc when they hit the power lines. The idea is popular, but many leaders say the action would cost into the billions of dollars, and would be a huge logistical nightmare.
“I think people are fed up with power outages,” Gray said at the press conference. “We need a game changer.”
The mayor did take time to praise the Department of Public Works (DPW) for working tirelessly at clearing away trees.
DPW will continue to collect spoiled food at Ferebee-Hope Elementary, LaSalle Elementary, McKinley Tech, Wilson High School, and Garfield Elementary between 3 and 7 p.m.
DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced that the department was moving to 12-hour shifts so that the police department is able to meet city needs, and to prepare for various July 4 celebrations.
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