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>> NYSEG urges customers to stay far away from downed power lines. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or hazardous situations.

>> Dry ice and bottled water will be available tomorrow at:
• Chatham Fire Department, 10 Hoffman Street, Chatham, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Philmont Fire Department, 1 Maple Avenue, Philmont, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Halfmoon Town Hall, 2 Halfmoon Town Plaza, 1 to 8 p.m.
• Mechanicville Central Fire Station, Main Street, Mechanicville, 1 to 8 p.m.
>> The next news release will be distributed at 8 a.m. tomorrow.


NYSEG TACKLING HUGE POWER RESTORATION CHALLENGE HEAD ON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicville, NY, December 12, 2008 (9 p.m.) – Nearly 130 NYSEG, RG&E and contract crews are working to restore power that was knocked out by the ice storm that has now moved out of the region. Approximately 32,000 NYSEG customers are without power in the Mechanicville Division, which includes parts of Saratoga, Washington, Rensselaer and Columbia counties.


NYSEG said that while it expects to make steady progress in restoring power, because of the scope and severity of the damage some customers will not have service restored until the middle of next week.

Mark Leta, NYSEG’s manager - regional operations, urges people to stay away from downed power lines. “Even lines that appear ‘dead’ can be deadly,” he said. 

Here are some tips for weathering the storm:
During a power interruption
- Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. You may have simply blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker.

- Contact NYSEG (1.800.572.1131) to report a power interruption, and please have your account number handy. Our telephone system lets you report the problem, helps our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provides you with power interruption updates. You can call as often as you like for updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. If you have access to a working computer during a power interruption, you can also report the interruption online at nyseg.com.

 - If your basement or home is in danger of flooding, contact NYSEG to turn off your electricity and/or natural gas service. Never enter a flooded basement or home until electricity and natural gas service have been turned off.

- Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates.

- Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, stereos) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean that you have to unplug it, turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse for the circuit in your home that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch “on” so you’ll know when power has been restored.

- Emergency generators can be dangerous. If you use one, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never run an emergency generator indoors; operate generators only outdoors in well-ventilated areas.

- Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.

- Never use a grill or stove intended for use outdoors in your home.

- Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.

After your power is restored
- If your basement or home was flooded, have an electrician check your home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting NYSEG to have services turned on.

- Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading your circuits.

- Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.

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