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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 tomorrow at:
• Chatham Fire Department, 10 Hoffman Street, Chatham
>> The next news release will be distributed at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

NYSEG HAS RESTORED POWER TO MORE THAN 32,800 CUSTOMERS
IN COLUMBIA, RENSSELAER, SARATOGA AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicville, NY, December 17, 2008 (9 p.m.) – NYSEG has now restored service to more than 96% of the customers who lost power as a result of the devastating ice storm – approximately 1200 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.

“As we complete our final circuit sweeps, it may be necessary to take brief power interruptions to make localized repairs to our electricity delivery system. Customers in Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties who are still without power should call our electric emergency number at 1.800.572.1131”, stated Mark Leta, NYSEG’s regional operations manager.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding during the restoration efforts. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the emergency services workers, volunteer fire departments, highway department personnel, elected and public officials, and the media who have worked non-stop to ensure the public’s safety during this devastating storm.”


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