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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.

>> NYSEG will be providing dry ice and bottled water today at:
• Chatham Fire Department, 10 Hoffman Street, Chatham
• New Lebanon Fire Department, Route 20, New Lebanon
>> The next news release will be distributed at 4 p.m. today.

NYSEG HAS RESTORED POWER TO MORE THAN 31,400 CUSTOMERS  IN COLUMBIA, RENSSELAER, SARATOGA AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicville, NY, December 17, 2008 (11 a.m.) – NYSEG has now restored service to more than 90% of the customers who lost power as a result of the devastating ice storm – approximately 2,600 customers remain without power.
 

An army of nearly 700 NYSEG, RG&E and contract line, tree and support personnel is continuing to make excellent progress in restoring power in NYSEG’s Mechanicville Division. NYSEG expects to restore service to all customers by noon on Thursday.

“The vast majority of our available personnel and resources are now focused on the southern portion of our Mechanicville Division where we have the most extensive damage to our energy delivery system,” said Mark Leta, NYSEG’s manager - regional operations. “Our restoration efforts in Rensselaer and Columbia counties have been extremely challenging due to the extraordinary tree damage, downed wires and broken poles. We are also dealing with new power outages caused by ongoing wind and severe winter weather. We appreciate our customers’ understanding and patience while we make repairs to our electricity delivery system to restore service.”

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