WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- For the first time since the Derecho storm hit the Washington area on June 29, PEPCO officials are fielding tough questions from a special committee from the D.C. council.

However, one council woman, Yvette Alexander doesn't feel the utility executives were being upfront about the questions being asked of them.

She said, "Some of the answers were like pulling teeth. Our residents are frustrated, and we really need to get some answers."

Among the things being discussed and questioned of the utility company is their equipment, and their ability to respond to major power outages. PEPCO has taken much criticism following the storm that knocked out power to millions in the region. Many of the company's customers in the District and in Maryland claim PEPCO didn't do enough to get people's power back on.

9News also tried getting questions answered but was ignored. PEPCO Executive Vice President Dave Velazquez ignored our repeated attempts to ask questions of him and the company.

Alexander said, "I really don't know why they wouldn't answer the questions, but if it takes a formal investigation to get the questions that's something that we can do."

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