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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 today 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 3 p.m. today.



Mechanicville, NY, December 13, 2008 (7:30 a.m.) – More than 140 NYSEG, RG&E and contract crews are continuing to make progress in restoring power that was knocked out by the ice storm that moved through the region Thursday and Friday. Approximately 34,000 NYSEG customers in the Mechanicville Division that includes parts of Saratoga, Washington, Rensselaer and Columbia counties are without power.

NYSEG said that because of the scope and severity of the damage some customers will not have power 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.  Leta said NYSEG appreciates customers’ patience and understanding while crews go about restoration work.