NYSEG CONTINUING TO MAKE EXCELLENT PROGRESS IN RESTORING POWER IN WESTERN NEW YORK
The next news release will be distributed at 4 p.m.
>> NYSEG and RG&E urge customers to stay far away from downed power lines. Even lines that appear dead can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or hazardous situations.
>> Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never run an emergency generator indoors; operate generators only outdoors in well-ventilated areas.
Lancaster, NY, February 13, 2009 (11 a.m.) – Approximately 5,200 customers in NYSEG’s Western New York service area are currently without power as a result of damage to the company’s electricity delivery system from yesterday’s severe winds. At peak, 35,000 NYSEG customers in Western New York were without power.
Of those customers who do not have service, approximately 4,500 are in NYSEG’s Lancaster Division (parts of Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties) and approximately 700 are in the company’s Hornell Division (all or parts of Steuben, Livingston, Allegany and Ontario counties).
NYSEG expects to have power restored to the vast majority of customers by midnight.