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BALTIMORE GAS & ELECTRIC EMPLOYEES PLOW THROUGH SNOW TO RESTORE SERVICE TO 132,000 CUSTOMERS

 BALTIMORE, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A major blizzard that paralyzed most of the East Coast was no match for the employees at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (NYSE: BGE).
 Almost 800 field workers and 220 office support personnel teamed up to restore service to 132,000 customers in just over 30 hours. Over 360 bucket trucks, service vans and other vehicles were out in the storm.
 The storm system that began on Saturday, March 13, brought high winds, heavy snow and sleet to BG&E's service territory. Facing this ominous forecast, field and support personnel were in place on Friday night before the storm began. Between 9 a.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, company crews worked to repair 375 fuses, 229 downed wires, 14 damaged transformers and deal with 87 tree problems. Customer relations employees responded to more than 30,500 outage calls.
 Distribution Vice President George England said, "The preparedness of our field and support personnel was exceptional. They staffed up early and were in place before the storm blew. Despite the cold, snowy, windy conditions, they were able to restore power to customers as quickly as possible."
 As far as a breakdown by counties, Anne Arundel topped the list with 61,300 customers affected, followed by Baltimore City with 34,000, Baltimore County with 25,300, Howard with 8100, Harford with 2100 and Carroll with 1200.
 It's been a busy month for BG&E. On March 4-5, utility crews tackled a severe wind and rain storm that disrupted service to over 122,000 customers.
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 /CONTACT: Arthur J. Slusark of Baltimore Gas and Electric, 410-234-7433/
 (BGE)


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