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The D.C. Council hasn't come to an agreement on whether to probe Pepco for their storm storm response.
Mallory Noe-Payne
The D.C. Council hasn't come to an agreement on whether to probe Pepco for their storm storm response.

With residents and leaders alike criticizing Pepco, D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh now wants a formal probe into the utility following Friday's storm.

Cheh, who represents Ward 3 —one of the areas hardest hit by the storm, says a formal investigation with subpoena powers is needed to get to the bottom of Pepco's response to Friday's storm.

Council member Yvette Alexander, who chairs the committee that oversees the utility, says that's not necessary at this point. Instead, she is setting up a more friendly rountable with Pepco officials on Friday July 13.

But city leaders are also looking ahead as well, and momentum is growing to move the D.C.'s electrical wiring underground, something that Mayor Vincent Gray brought up on Monday.

"I think it's realistic," said Alexander. "We need to look into funding what mechanisms that we can use, and we need the residents to buy in to know that there is going to be a cost that we all have to bear."

But as Pepco officials told council members at a face-to-face meeting earlier today, moving the wires underground could take decades to complete, disrupt life for residents as the streets are torn up, and have a price tag of billions of dollars.

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