On Monday, July 26, a vicious thunderstorm came ripping from the east through Maryland into the Washington D.C. area. Strong downbursts of wind combined with torrential rain and hail tore down trees and left more than 13,000 customers without power.
In Rockville, Maryland, one of these trees brought down a 3-phase primary with it on Pepco property. This line fed an army base, so it was vital to get the power back up and running. To accommodate the base until repairs could be made, crews switched the line out with a temporary feed.
Due to the state of the area after the storm, no equipment was able to get to the location to repair the line. Crews from Region 104 had to climb the poles in order to get the primary back up. On July 30, power was restored to the customer.