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PECO has postponed the power outage planned for Port Richmond “due to the high heat forecast for tomorrow,” the company said.

Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tilton and Madison streets and Belgrade Street and East Allegheny Avenue.

The decision to postpone the planned outage came after a resident in the outage area complained and NBC10’s Karen Hua contacted him.

It all started when PECO called some residents and told them their power would be turned off for eight hours on Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There was cause for concern as temperatures were expected to reach 32 degrees and feel even hotter. The Philadelphia region has also been experiencing a heat wave for seven days.

“It’s bad timing, but it’s one of those necessary evils,” said Brian Parks, a Port Richmond resident for 13 years.

In a public Facebook forum, a woman posted a message about PECO’s power outage:

“To everyone living in Port Richmond: PECO just left me a voicemail and I called them to confirm it’s true that they are shutting off all power in the Port Richmond area from 8am to 4pm on July 11th for maintenance. I called them concerned because we are in the middle of a massive heat wave and it would not be safe for people and their pets to be home during this time and I was met with complete disregard. I had no idea this was going to happen and I doubt many of you know that either so I just want to make everyone aware.”

NBC10 contacted PECO and finally received a response from them, saying they would postpone the outage.

“Per our procedures, we review planned outages scheduled for maintenance or upgrades during extreme heat on a case-by-case basis to determine if the work can be rescheduled. As part of this process, the work requiring an outage in Port Richmond will be rescheduled to Friday due to the high heat index forecast for tomorrow,” PECO said in a statement sent to NBC10. “We have rescheduled several outages over the past few days due to extreme heat, including the planned outage originally scheduled for today in Port Richmond.”

“God bless these guys working here in the heat. They’re stuck outside in the sun all day working too,” Parks said.