UPDATE: Warming station set up in Ritchie County while MonPower repairs utility pole

PENNSBORO, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 01/02/2018

MonPower is planning a brief power outage today in Ritchie County so crews can make permanent repairs to a power pole that was temporarily fixed after being knocked down during a recent storm.

Spokesman Todd Meyers says service to an area along Route 74 north of Pennsboro will be interrupted for about an hour sometime before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Because of near-zero temperatures, a warming station has been set up at the fellowship hall of the Church of Christ on E. Penn Avenue in Pennsboro.

Members of the Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department will be at the church as well as at the fire station to help anyone who needs assistance.

Meyers says the area where the pole fell is normally a "swampy area." However, because the ground is currently frozen, crews now have easier access to the site.

He says the pole needs to fixed to prevent problems in the future.


A warming station has been set up for Ritchie County residents affected by a planned power outage.

According to the Ritchie County 911 center and the Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department, MonPower scheduled the outage for 10 a.m. to make emergency repairs.

The outage, which is scheduled to last until about 1 p.m., affects customers on Route 74 north of Pennsboro.

The warming station will be at the fellowship hall of the Church of Christ on E. Penn Avenue in Pennsboro. Members of the fire department will be at the church as well as at the fire station to help anyone who needs assistance.

Single-digit temperatures early Tuesday are expected to give way to temperatures in the low teens later in the day.