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Power lines were down across the region after the recent snowstorm. Pepco did not reach its goal of restoring all power by Sunday.
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Power lines were down across the region after the recent snowstorm. Pepco did not reach its goal of restoring all power by Sunday.

A few angry Pepco customers are still waiting to have their power restored, days after a snowstorm swept through the region. Now, government officials are getting involved. Some want to hold the utility responsible for the slow response.

Some customers, mostly in Montgomery County, may not have power again until Monday, which means Pepco didn't meet its goal for having all power restored by Sunday. Officials with the power company say more than a thousand residents were still in the dark at nearly 10 p.m. Sunday, and that crews were finding extensive damage at homes with downed power lines and fallen trees.

But that explanation isn't satisfying lawmakers who say Pepco doesn't perform as well as other utilities in the area.

Over the weekend, Maryland's governor, Martin O'Malley, sent a letter to Pepco's CEO, blasting the company and callings its restoration efforts dismal. He also asked why Pepco only had restored power to 80 percent of its customers on Saturday, compared with Baltimore Gas and Electric, which had restored power to 98 percent of customers at the time.

Pepco is now reporting about 250 households are still without electricity, with more ice likely headed our way Monday night and Tuesday.

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