Large Power Outage Hits Residents and Businesses in Silver Spring and Chevy Chase

Pepco power pole for slider 450 x 280Two power outages- on July 19 and 22- hit 2,000 residents in Chevy Chase and Silver Spring area.

Pepco Spokesperson Bob Hainey said the first power outage was caused by a downed tree limb while the second incident was caused by a crew cutting grass near Metro’s Grosvenor station. The crew hit a wire, which caused the power line to become suspended over the rail tracks and eventually it was hit by a train.

Zena Polin, the owner of the Daily Dish, a restaurant in downtown Silver Spring, said it was frustrating trying to get a response from Pepco.

“You called the outage [number], you’re lucky if you get through it. You just don’t know what’s going on. … We are a small business and face a lot of challenges. … I had products to worry about; waiters who were not getting their tips. It’s worse to have this happening in the summer than winter,” Polin said.

Hainey said power was restored in the area around 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Polin hopes that Pepco becomes “more proactive” when it comes to communicating what is going on in the community.

Like this post? Sign up for our Daily Update here.
Aline Barros

About Aline Barros

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.


| No comments yet.

Engage us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter