Update 8:50 p.m.: Some power will not be restored until Wednesday.
From Altoona City Officials:
- Brett building (apartments) should be restored by 9pm Tuesday.
- The Cathedral and Blair Senior Services building should be restored by midnight.
- Catholic Charities and St. Joseph’s Center should be restored by noon Wednesday, possibly earlier.
- Diversity Hair Salon and the tattoo parlor should be restored sometime Wednesday,
- Although all customers should be restored Wednesday, work will continue into Thursday.
- 12th Ave will need to remain closed Wednesday.
An end to the power outage may be in sight for one Blair County city.
Penelec will have an update around 8 p.m. Tuesday night as to when all power will be back up and running.
Power went out around 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening. A substation blew under 15th Street in the Valley View Area, and that set off a chain reaction.
Manhole covers started to blow and pop up into the air in downtown Altoona due to all the heat building up underground.
Penelec crews were still working around the Cathedral in the evening on Tuesday. Someone from the company told WTAJ that crews were working to replace more than 1,400 feet of wiring underground. The electrical lines underground run parallel to gas lines, so crews were also checking for any gas leaks.
Power was restored around noon Tuesday to City Hall, City Hall Commons and Taylor Apartments. Mayor Matt Pacifico said all of Brett Central Court was also up and running by 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
Hippo, Fleming, Pertile Law Office should be restored by around 7 or 8 p.m. Penelec should have a better idea by approximately 8 p.m. as to when they think they will have power restored to the Cathedral, Blair Senior Services, Catholic Charities and St. Joseph Center.
Diversity Hair Salon and the traffic signal at 12th Ave and 13th St will be among the last to be restored and will not take place until sometime Wednesday.
Pacifico said he wants to work with Penelec to update the underground infrastructure to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.
“It’s one of those things that most people probably don’t think about, you know, is the age of the infrastructure underground until something like this happens,” Pacifico said.
For safety reasons, roads in the downtown area were still shut down as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, including some access to parking.